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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
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2,467 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,467
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 95
Gots: 142 | 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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DrainBamage

Michigan

4.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light brown color with a decent head. Smell has that of hops and is exactly what an IPA should be. After the smell I couldn't wait to taste it. The taste and mouthfeel are unbelievable and you can't imagine something better. The drinkability factor is right up there. IPA's being one of my favorite styles, this one is now one of my favorites. I highly recommend this to everyone.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 04:54:18 | More by DrainBamage
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IceAce

California

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange and arrived with a beautiful finger of dense, rocky foam. The nose is a saliva producing fresh floral hop with an undercurrent of sweet malt.

Initial taste is dominated by fizzy carbonation and a lighter hop bite than expected. Midtaste is all-malt with a mouthfeel which runs a little thin for a Left Coast IPA.

The finish is comprised of a slow hop fade fairly standard for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2005 16:38:38 | More by IceAce
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Naerhu

Japan

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark red body with no head.
Aroma: Massive floral, pine and spruce aromas. Barely any malt present.
Taste: This beer is so incredibly resiny it is impossible to tell what else is going on.
Mouthfeel: Sharp bitterness brings this beer down from what it could be. This is an oil slick of hop juice.
Drinkability: This beer is just too sappy to make me want to come back for more. Tasted with another hop head and two belgian freaks, and no one wanted to finish this. Granted, as it was consumed in the Father's Office, it was served much too cold.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2005 15:23:52 | More by Naerhu
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whartontallboy

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a big, rocky head that sticks around for a few minutes before leaving lots of lacing. Very nice looking.
Extremely floral hop aroma with lots of citrus.
Obviously hoppy flavor, but with a lot of interesting sweetness cutting through the hop bitterness...there's a caramel undertone to this one that reminds me a lot of the brewery's similarly excellent Winter Solstice. Lots of malty flavors in there as well. Ripe fruit catches your tongue right before a slightly bitter finish. Interesting enough to make me want to pull down a few more. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 02:25:30 | More by whartontallboy
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RedwoodGeorge

California

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

Now that I'm becoming a full-fledged hop-head I can really appreciate just how tasty this brew is... You know you're in for a treat when the ingredient list reads: "Brewed from only the finest hops, malted barley, hops, yeast, hops and pristine Boonville mineral water. And hops."

The beer pours out a dark amber-brown with a generous, thick tan head. The head recedes reasonably quickly but leaves a lot of heavy lacing on the glass. The nose is pretty much hops, hops and hops. There are plenty of notes of citrus, pine and lavender which gives a slight hint that this might be a hoppy brew.

At first the taste doesn't seem as hoppy as you'd expect. There actually is a moderate malt base with a few amber-ale like fruit notes. But it turns out those hops are just lurking in the bushes waiting for you to let down your guard - by the end of each sip there are strong grapefruit notes along with some nice woodsy hop tastes. I'd be curious to know what types of hops they use - they only claim to use "Northwest" hops, I suspect a couple of the four C's. But there's also this very interesting floral note that I haven't encountered before. The hops really sneak up on you with this brew, by the end of the glass it's nothing but pure, sweet hop juice.

The mouthfeel is quite good too - plenty of carbonation to clean out the palate leaving a very clear note with no real strong aftertastes. There's quite a bit of body to this drink, it's no light 'n fuzzy lager.

Would I drink it again? Absolutely, positively and without a doubt. Ever since SN Celebration Ale has disappeared from the shelves I've been worried about finding a quality IPA to keep me hoppin' While this isn't quite the same as SNCA, it'll certainly be my go-to IPA until next December.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 05:32:16 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer looks nice coming out of the bottle. Its a cleat coppery color with a small head. The nose is grand, with lots of citrusy hops balanced lightly with a caramel malt. The flavor was a lovely crisp citrusy blast of hops followed by a nice spicey hop character that had just a bit of caramel sweetness as well. The feel was moderately thick, right where it should be. This is truely a fine beer. I am going to have to pick some more of this up in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2005 02:44:16 | More by kmpitz2
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clvand0

Kentucky

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

Had this last night at a tasting. Pours a golden color with a medium head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Strong hop aroma, nothing much else. Floral and citrus. The flavor was very hoppy as well. Lots of floral hop flavors floating around. Seems to be mostly American hops too. The malt seems to be hidden in this one. Not being a hop head, I didn't care much for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 16:19:51 | More by clvand0
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/10/05- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirit's in Lafayette, CA

Presentation- Poured into my Full Sail pint glass out of a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance- Amber-copper colored pour with a very nice chunky white head and awesome lacing. Only thing missing were those little UFO circles in the wavering head.

Smell- Great floral and fruity hop scent. Lots of grapefruit and pine. A bit of a sweet candyish note to it also.

Taste- Nicely balanced brew, but a tad bit to much malt and too little hops. The malt seemed to take over a bit. Very good carmel malt, but I like hops to be the prevelant taste in my IPA's. Still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel- Typical medium carbonation. A bit of a fuller mouthfeel due to a bit of sweetness.

Drinkability- Glad I tried this one. I'm sure I will reach for this one in the future when I am craving a more malty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 17:37:23 | More by GClarkage
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Crotor

California

4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours crystal-clear amber with two fingers of dense, dimpled, off-white head with good retention.

It has a massive, resinous pine and grapefruit bouquet. Later on the aroma becomes a bit cleaner and more subdued, but pleasant nonetheless.

Tastes aggressively hoppy, at first with prickley pine needles and an initial impression of dryness, but then the caramel malts come in for a second, before receeding back as a lingering grapefruit-rind bitterness lingers. Simple but not softspoken, and West Coast all the way. This is the way I like my IPAs.

With a medium-light body and an apparent dryness, the mouthfeel is surprisingly frothy and creamy. I dig it. I could drink this all day.

Overall, a stellar, highly drinkable example of a West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 22:58:55 | More by Crotor
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bultrey

New York

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

Exceptional IPA. I've had this out of the bottle twice now, and I will continue to seek it out as a go-to IPA.
I'm all about balance in my IPA's, and this one's got it. Don't get me wrong, there is a bracing classic hop bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit, pine, and orange. But alot of IPA's offer that. What's different here is a nice, crisp, slightly nutty amber malt backbone that brings it all together.
Deliciously refreshing and a great appetite stimulator, this is one of the better North American IPAs around.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 21:02:50 | More by bultrey
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive grapefruit aroma. Very dry bitter aftertaste, not solved by any food or drink. Rather grapefruity hoppy drink inbetween. Well carbonated, but rather one-dimensional and so-so IPA from what I have tried, American or British. Recommended for the hophead in your life.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 03:51:11 | More by Sammy
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mattcrill

Ohio

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

Appearance: pours a crystal clear brick red with a slightly tan head.

Smell: piney but I'm delighted to note that there is a nice malt balance to this. The citrus/pine classic american "hopped up" beer smell is there but it's supported by a good carmel base.

Taste: Bitter and dry up front. The same pine on the delivery that was present on the wind-up. There is a definite malty sweetness that provides a good backbone to this beer. Highly hopped but balanced. A good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: medium and crispy. The hops and good carbonation make this pop on the palate.

Drinkability: It's palate cleansing goodness! An enjoyable hop fix to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 04:10:02 | More by mattcrill
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longpondbeerman

Maine

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

For my 250th beer karma, I chose the Hop Ottin' IPA, and I was not disappointed. It pours a clear, clean amber with a one-finger whitish head. Immediately the floral aroma wafted to my nose, and I knew this would be a good find. The hops are evident, as is the piney untertone. The taste is delightful: wicked potent hops with a subtle sweetness that is hard to pinpoint. Nevertheless, it offsets the essential bitterness, but not in a cloying way. There's even some palpable breadiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium, with abover average carbonation. A very worthy choice for the IPA lover.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 22:18:58 | More by longpondbeerman
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arizcards

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Papago Brewing for $1.75.

This dark orange brew poured a beautiful head that is leaving a nice trail down my glass. Detecting floral and piney hop notes. Taste is a perfect blend of malts into a big hop finish. Mouthfeel almost has a creamy quality to it and the hops bring my palate alive. This is one fine IPA, one of the better ones I have had of late! I will have to hunt down a six-pack of this!!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 01:41:08 | More by arizcards
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Ego

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

awesome malt/fruity not hop creamy texture nose.. pouring.. frothy head unlike the ESB from the same brewery... sage/clove/citrus notes in the nose are deep... slightly darker than the ESB but just as clear, excellent lace, pours a brown amber... alcohol on the back end side, way milder than the dogfishhead head 90/120. on nose you might swear this is the ESB.. on head and flavor it is its own... maybe one of the best I have smelled but not as much flavour as some.. damn drinkable for this type.. smells like a pale or ESB, drinks like a hardy IPA... very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 06:38:08 | More by Ego
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing gold with a wonderful off-white head. Head stays with me the whole glass and leaves some fine lacing. Smells so hoppy and flowery. Amazing smell. Tastes wonderfully floral. So complex, so much hop flavor, my taste buds are lost (but extremely happy) in flavor. A hop-head's dream. Aftertaste is quite dry. This a wonderful beer. One of the best "hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy" beer's I've had to date. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2004 04:45:38 | More by santoslhalper
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Truh

New Hampshire

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

Jumped around, jumped around, jumped up, jumped up and got down with this one on 10/22/2004. 16-oz. pint pour at ACPH.

Creamy turbulence of initial head that just stays and stays, and doesn’t die. Green hop effluvience and visions of jumping bugs throttle through the mind as a I plastered my nose with its bouquet. Curtained, amber haze to hue. Hopped up fraggle rock of earthy herbal essence to start followed by woody birch bark to tastes. A medium to medium-light-heavy offering that is difficult to put down.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2004 19:58:22 | More by Truh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

Excellent head with even better lace. Orange amber in color, slightly cloudy. Beautiful.

Well-balanced aroma with a (grace) note of lactose. The flowery hop is present but not overwhelming. Malt is soft.

The flavor is round with full, rich mouthfeel of a highly malted beer. Plenty of hop becomes apparent within a second. This is an excellent IPA, true to style and very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 18:41:53 | More by smcolw
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MrNuggets

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful copper colour with a long standing off white head.
Big hop nose which makes this one of my favorite IPAs. This is well balanced, malt is a constant throughout the glass. The hops a fully flavorful, but enough bitterness involved to let you know this is from the west coast.
Will be drinkin' this all night long!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 21:23:23 | More by MrNuggets
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny-coppery in hue with a bit of bronze-gold influence as well, the appearance of the liquid is attractive but basically standard for an IPA though. The head was off-white in color; at the apex it was almost two fingers in height. The foam faded to a tight cap after a few moments and lacing began immediately, in other words the collapsed head left a residue. This feature is always bonus eye-candy. Once I started quaffing the lacing bloomed, wow, was it webby and prevalent. Beautiful! The nose is hoppy; it is an IPA after all! Aromas from the hops consist of pine needles, spruce, citrusy lemon zest, grapefruit flesh, and just a hint of wild flowers. I could find, beneath the hops, the malt, which was caramely sweet with some pleasant toastiness as well. The potency is solid and the nose is inviting. It says all the right things but it doesn’t say anything I’ve never heard before. Am I jaded? Maybe but I still dig the nose, it is very pleasant. Kudos to the brewers for allowing a hoppy beer to show its malt backbone, nice! The palate has plenty of good things going for it. Hop bitterness is fairly strong, appropriately raw. I always appreciate an IPA with a malt backbone; this one offers a solid toasty yet caramel taste with just a bit of sweetness. Obviously the hops are the star with pine needles, spruce, grapefruit finds, and a healthy dose of wild flowers, especially in the finish. From beginning to end the palate offers one continuous taste, thus complexity is limited but it is still delicious. I mean there are no complaints about the flavor. It is an IPA and a good one at that. Medium in body, if not a tickle fuller, low but natural carbonation helps create a lovely mouthfeel. I found this to be a very drinkable beer, it is big and tasty but it didn’t murder my palate or melt my brain with alcohol. I’d love to sit back and enjoy a six-pack; maybe someday I can do it again (as it is not found in Nebraska but about everywhere else it seems?). I purchased a six-pack in Milwaukee, WI and I’m enjoying every bottle (aside from the ones my girlfriend gobbled down). Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 22:12:02 | More by bditty187
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jclovebrew

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber color with an ever so slight haze. Initial head subsides fairly quickly, but a thin foam layer persists for the duration of the glass. Leaves a little lacing around the glass. Aroma is a hop bouquet. Taste is dry and bitter with a crisp floral finish. Lives up to the expection of being a hophead beer. Mouthfeel is soft and agreeably so, as tangy co2 bubbles would interfere with the hop appreciation. Very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 06:18:27 | More by jclovebrew
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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – This is a real looker. The dark orange body promises a good malt compliment to this heavy IPA. The head was full and fluffy and came down in shaving cream lumps of foam. This looks like a heavy hitter.

Smell – The big, piney resin leads things off here. The hop profile doesn’t smell very complex: this is all about the big, pure, unadulterated pine aroma. Even so, I can pick up some creamy malts in the background. Well done at the nose.

Taste – Yes, the caramel and toffee malt base picks things up at the taste. Mind you, the hop flavors here are monstrous so it’s not like you’re not getting any hops, but I was very impressed with the way they picked up the balance. I noticed the balance continued to improve as the beer warmed (it took me an hour to drink the bomber).

Mouthfeel – This is a big medium in the body and very heavy on the palate. There’s some sharp, satisfying dryness all throughout and, again, a big thumbs up for the balanced feel they managed to get out of this recipe.

Drinkability – Drinking this bomber was a wonderful experience. I had low expectations because the label is cheesy and the beer is available in just about every local grocery store, but this was a work of art.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 15:10:34 | More by RoyalT
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GreenWBush

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The discovery of Boonville, California as a quaintly vacant town was no disappointment. The realization that the visitor center for the brewery was closed and tours weren't happening for 6 hours was.

The only thing proper was to consume as much Hop Ottin' directly off the tap as reasonably possible. We stumbled into the original brewhouse for a pitcher of the nectar, at a shockling low $7 for a 50-ounce(ish) pitcher.

The apperance is as from decanted from bottle; a deeply glowing purplish ruby. The head was frothing up like some whipped-cream daydream as I immediately enveloped my face with the liquid, sniffing like a bloodhound.

To my surprise I found that fresh Hop Ottin' is a remarkably consistent product. Sure, the luciously grapefruit hop profile abounds in all of its glory. The freshly-tapped version is no revelation if you've had a fresh bottle.

But the gummy sweetness of a stale bottle is kicked down like a convict in its sublime and aggresively fresh status. Seek it out and be converted.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2004 21:03:10 | More by GreenWBush
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twelvsies

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woah there. I was expecting a standard IPA, not a crazy hoppinated monster. But this one surprised me. Appears a pretty typical amber color, with a frothy head (probably due to the hoppiness) and lacing pretty far down the glass. Smells and tastes, well, very hoppy. Lots of tangyness. I'm picking up on a lot of pine needle and sap tastes, as well as that IPA grapefruity taste, which I generally am not a huge fan of, but this one is pretty well balanced for being as overly hoppy as it is. Nice mouthfeel and IPA's seem to always be a hit with me, so drinkability is way up there. Haven't had this one in the bottle that I can remember, but if you see it on tap, grab it up.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2004 17:53:36 | More by twelvsies
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trumick

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with thin head that disapates quickly. There is a huge amount of lace all around the glass

Scent is great, it is sweet, fruity, malty, and nice citrus hops.

Taste, aaaa, well, not what I expected. Very sweet up front, kind of watery with an almost chemical taste. It does finish with hops and again che-m-i-cal (oooo, I hate to say that, but that is what I taste).

Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp.

Drinkability is ok, but the taste is just not what I expected from an IPA. I won't buy this one again.

This beer will fool you with the lable and the scent but it is not what a good IPA is all about.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 03:15:38 | More by trumick
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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