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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,751 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,751
Reviews: 1,182
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 114
Gots: 242 | 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:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001)
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Photo of thebarnesbomb
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lusting over this beer for so long. Unfortunately, the only place in Indiana that carried it stopped carrying it before I could try it. Surprisingly I found it in a small liquor store in Cincinnati, and bought this and 3 other Anderson Valley offerings. Although not the most remarkable IPA, it was definitely high up there within price range. Hops are a bit unruly without enough malts to back them up and balance things out, but this only magnifies the piny and grapefruit hops that comprise this IPA. If you're able to try this brew, I highly suggest it!

Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Hazy amber with a thick bubbly off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Citrus and pine hops dominate the nose but are not overwhelming. A faint biscuity aroma lingers in the background.

T - A light toasted maltiness up front quickly overcome by a citrusy and piney hop blast. The hops dominate the palate with the piney hops becoming stronger through the drink. Finishes with a very strong bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied and somewhat chewy. The bitterness is a touch strong to be very drinkable, but a damn fine tasting IPA.

Photo of Walken
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley: Hop Ottin' IPA (Tasted 03/12/08)
12 oz. Bottle: Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Rich hazed golden with amber hues. Pours out with a two finger sticky foam head.
Odor: Resinous, dank, & pungent herbal/citrus hops, honeysuckle, orange zest, some toasted grains.
Consistency: Chewy full body, huge hop bitterness kind of prevents this beer from being smooth, but that's not really a bad thing for the style.
Taste: Big citrus hop flavor with hints of pine, toasted malt is big as well, everything about this beer is big, really. Malt holds strong enough to balance, and adds a bit of depth of the hops. Malt shines a bit in the finish, some subtle honey flavors to go along with the lingering, strong herbal hop flavor.

One of my favorite IPA's. Big, bad & bold with a tame sweet streak.

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

A - clear and amber copper in color. Lots of head and I nearly made a mess of my glass. There's still more to pour. Head settles in good time so I can finish my pour.

S - a little bit of pine and a little bit of citrus hops. I think the pine comes out more.

T - Much like the smell; a balance of citrus and pine hops. again, I think in the taste the pine hops come out on top. More bitter than sweet, but not over the top.

M - No big alcohol taste. Not drying. Some aftertaste of pine hops and bitterness. Medium body and some carbonation. Doesn't have too sharp of a carbonation feel, but still not smooth either.

D - A very enjoyable beer. Maybe a little more complex than you'd want to have on your pallet all nite. Not too big on abv. Easy to drink.

Photo of Jbino34
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is crystal clear with a lot of head. The color is what you would expect; I feel like I am really repeating myself since all that I have been reviewing has been IPAs from my HalfTime Gift. They all look very similar of course, light copper... dark gold. This one has a nice head, which could be a bit thicker. If it was, this would be a 5 in appearance.

Smell is nice, sweet like hops. Not as citusy as some, I expect a nice balance of american hops... more than just centennial and cascade.

Taste is great. Balanced a lot better than the last (Butte Organic IPA). This one has nice malt freshness at the beginning and a great lingering hop finish.

Mouthfeel is average. Although it looks very carbonated when being poured, it isnt. It is actually quite creamy and not very poppy on the tongue.

I'd have a couple; not too many, the bitterness will get to you and kill your taste buds after a while.

Enjoyable... I'd recommend this guy; maybe the best out of the bunch so far. It is a solid B, not the best IPA that I've had.

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

Appearance: It's clear and golden brown in color. Head is off white and a massive three fingers deep. Retention and lacing were excellent.

Smell: Very sweet mix of citrus scents (grapefruit and mango) and big, piney hops. Caramel malts add another layer of sugary scents. Smells a little earthy and yeasty. Relatively complex and excellent smelling beer.

Taste: Initially, citrus flavors and caramel malts are very sweet tasting. Grapefruit flavor is a little bitter. Hops emerge and add a nice, piney bitter twist. It's not overly bitter and is actually pretty well balanced. Slightly yeasty and grainy. Dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Carbonation is excellent. Extremely smooth and drinkable. At 7%, it's somewhat strong, but not so much that drinkability is limited in any way. This is a very good IPA. Truly a gem. Definitely recommended.

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

I had about 12 bottles of this truly remarkable IPA. This is a very drinkable IPA with fresh floral and grassy hops that start from the aroma and continue to persist through the aftertaste. If this beer wasn't so expensive compared to the rest of the Colorado IPA's I'm surrounded by, I would probably by this IPA the majority of the time.

Photo of m1ked
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Trader Joe's...finally some good beers at TJ's!

A- Pours a crystal clear orange/amber. I mean i can literally read through it. Nice fluffy white head, with scalloped lacing clinging to the sides.

S- Clearly piney hops are abundant, but then there is a layer of sugary malt hidden in there, then once again dominated by some grapefruit. Smells very fresh.

T- Smooth creamy toffee notes hit my tastebuds first, which quickly give way to some mingled pine-citrus hops...a bit sharp, then leaving a dry bitterness.

M- Clean and crisp, leaves my mouth dry, not like tannins though.

D- I haven't had a bad beer from Anderson Valley yet. I enjoy this one as well.

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

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer before now!

I have to say, when I want a good, solid IPA, Hop Ottin' delivers 100% of the time.

Pours a beautiful, rich amber, with a creamy, delicate off-white head.

The aroma, while subtle, is woodsy and citrusy, with a bit of pine in the nose.

Taste is absolutely what you'd expect from a good, solid IPA - a balanced bitterness with a peppery bite. Not aggressive, nor arrogant - just an assertive IPA with a smooth mouthfeel.

Definitely drinkable!

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

Poured into a pint glass with a small off white head. Nice floral and citus smell. The taste was good but not as nice as the smell. Seemed a little flat. Maybe purchasing single bottles is not the best idea without seeing a date code. My guess is that the beer was past its' prime although the carbonation was good. Overall a nice IPA, but I was glad to have a Sweetwater IPA to follow to get the nice grapefruit hoppy flavor.

Photo of JDV
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich honey pour with a light head. Smell was very big soapy hops. Taste was equally well hopped, with only a very light sweetness to it. Medium bitterness to it that lingers a while. A quality, definitely far hoppier than average IPA. A lot of beers mellow out or change a bit as it warms, but to me this one was just as bitter and big on hops from the 1st to the last sip. This was good, but 12oz of this is about my limit.

Photo of lightindarkness
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, courtesy of Wasatch.

Pours a deep slightly hazed amber with a creamy fluffy head and generous lace.

Smells of sweet sticky juicy hops with a nutty malt support. Nose is full of scents, but not overly strong. Slightly floral, slightly bready. There's a definite funky hint of fresh paint.

The first sip didn't quite hit the note I expected from the hops, but then, somewhere by the third sip BAM! there they were, as if the oils have to build up on the palate to get the full effect. Nice subtle caramelly roasted malts add fullness and light sweetness to flavor, followed by by an ascension of hops, juicy and fruity at first, then drying out to a bitter wash in the back. Bitterness rises slowly and hangs around a while.

Feel is medium bodied and characteristic for heavy hops, with an oily sticky feel. Somewhat dry finish with plenty of carbonation throughout.

Overall drinkability is pretty good. Great taste that balances strength with a slight understatement of overall character. Maybe not my first choice for an IPA, but I would drink more.

Photo of slvrmon82
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one I just picked up at a local store this afternoon. The appearance is an orange gold color. Little bit of haze. Smell is pretty sweet and mild. Taste is very nice. It is thick and creamy and oh so hoppy delicious. The mouthfeel is very creamy. This is an excellent mild tasting ale for 7% ABV. It is good but not great.

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

On tap at Yardhouse, served in a US pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange, medium white head forms, leaves behind a ton of lacing, nice retention, forms a solid ring. Smell is sugary grapefruit, floral, oranges/citrus fruit, tangerine, sweet malt, some caramel, nice. Taste is sugary, raw honey, grapefruit, tangerine and oranges, brown sugar, caramel, some alcohol, light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, sugary, very smooth, nicely balanced, excellent IPA.

Photo of dsa7783
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was another world-class, outstanding brew from Anderson Valley... their Oatmeal Stout and Winter Solstice were equally great, and their Hop Ottin' IPA was a truly remarkable depiction of a great American style... Beautiful gold, amber, copper-colored appearance with an huge frothy and foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power... nice aroma combining strong elements of fresh hops, lemons, citrus, and fresh florals... Excellent, crisp, clear taste that really highlighted the hops with a teriffic grapefruit, pear, and fruit essence... awesome, off-the-board taste, true-to-the-style, and dominated by freshness and pure, caramel and vanilla aftertones... excellent creamy and rich mouthfeel with an equally great level of drinkability... goes down very smooth and clean without the slightest indication of a 7% ABV... excellent stuff... another winner from Anderson Valley... Definitely recommended...

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

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

As a preface, I've had this one before I started reviewing. I'm glad I got a chance to revisit.

It pours from 12oz bottle a clear medium gold and a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is nice mix of caramel malt and hops.

The taste on first sip has both caramel malt and hops at the forefront with the hops being mostly floral and quite bitter.

Further sips in and the hops take over giving my mouth a nice bitter embrace but the malt isn't exactly overwhelmed; it's always there providing a good balance and makes this IPA very drinkable.

The mouthfeel is medium and it finishes with some citrus bitterness. I've always liked this brew and I'd have it again anytime I can get the chance.

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

I've had this in my fridge forever, dunno why I haven't tried it till now. For whatever reason, I can get this at Ralph's, my local grocery. Ralph's has a weird beer selection in that they actually carry quite a bit of Anderson Valley, Unibroue and a few other really good crafts. Go figure.

A: A fairly dark orange, almost reddish IPA, clear but the color is a bit darker than you often see. A fairly aggressive pour gave about a 3 finger head, a bit of film and lacing is left and it doesn't seem overly carbonated.

S: Highly floral hops with a bit of citrus as well. Touch of honey sweetness.

T: Tiny bit of sweet malt in the front which is quickly blown away by big resiny hops. Maybe a bit of citrus and floral, but this is more of a bitter IPA than a flavorfully bitter IPA. Bit of an aftertaste that almost borders on sour, but I won't go that far.

MF: Carbonation is done very well. It's bubbly, but not harshly so. Thin but not watery. Alcohol doesn't really hit that hard, but you know it's there.

D: For whatever reason, I didn't expect too much out of this beer, but it's quite good. Lacking a bit in the flavor complexity department, but plenty bitter and the touch of sweetness gives it better balance than a lot of IPA's. And this is after sitting in my fridge for 4 months, so I'm sure it's probably better fresh. I could probably drink a couple pints of this.

Photo of 1759Girl
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprising find at San Francisco State's pub, among the morass of tasteless cheap beer.

Appearance> Lively, hazy, dark gold. Small smooth head, tiny bit of lacing.
Smell> Citrus, hops, slightly sugary
Taste>Not too complex, but true to its style on average. It started tart and crisp, with a big punch of hops, and a resiny finish.
Mouthfeel> full bodied
Drinkability> Too bitter of a hang for me to have all the time, but I'd drink it again.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Beautiful copper with mountainous off-white head and tons of lace.

S: Wonderful example of use of a variety of hops ranging from earthy to spicy and citrus. There is a honey-like aroma as well.

T: Delicious and plenty of evidence of the multitude of hops with a great blend of spice and citrus which mixes well with the maltiness. Hoever, the malt is extremely sweet, above caramel, similar to the honey in the aroma. More citrus nature to the hops would balance this better I think.

M: Not overly oily and slick but not unpleasant.
Hops bitterness grows as you progress through the glass.

D: An excellent IPA from Anderson Valley with a unique quality, but the sweetness needs more quenching tang of citrus hops.

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

12oz bottle from Whole Foods in San Fransisco.

Poured a radiant copper colour, with a thin to medium sized bubbly white head of foam. Nice retention and some good lacing left behind. The aroma is most definitely hoppy, but not overly so, and seemed to be a mix of different hoppy scents instead of leaning to dominance of one or the other. There's certainly the citrus and pine you'd expect from the West Coast, but it also mixes in with floral, biscuit and caramel notes, which provide a nice balance.

The same cannot be said of the flavour, which is slightly unbalanced, with the hops really dominating the caramel malt background, throwing the whole thing out of skew a little. Having said that, I love the bitterness, but the one-dimensionality keeps this away from world-class status for me. The mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. The high bitterness of this would prevent me from sitting down and having a bunch in an evening, but I'd gladly return to this hop bomb.

Photo of ceeman
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy. Dark orange copper color with thick lacing
S- Not much of a smell compared to other IPA's I've had. Not bad, just a little disapointing compared to it's reputation.
T- Redemption. Floral, with slight citrus undertones. Very tasty. The hops pummel your tongue into submission.
M- Medium bodies with a hoppy kick for an aftertaste
D- Not as drinkable as most, but I'll do my damndest to make it happen.

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

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip

A: An orange pour with a thick, steady head. Faintly cloudy, just the way i like my beers

S: Pine and floral hops dominate the nose. A sweet malt background comes out but there definitely a solid hop bitterness here

T: Briefly floral with a massive blast of bitterness coming through. Face it - this is what we drink IPAs for. The initial bite recedes with a wonderfully balanced malt backbone taking the forefront - touches of caramel and biscuit finishing long and bitter. Very good.

M: Smooth and well carbonated

D: Bring it on!

I'm glad i picked this up. This is a way-above-average IPA.

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown longneck bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem. I have seen this around a few places, but i have been holding out for one that i knew was fresh. It was worth the wait.

Poured a very clear copper with a nice rocky white head that left a sheet of lacing on the glass. Very nice.

Smell is hoppy, but not overly so. Citrus notes are absent or downplayed, which is a nice change of pace for an AIPA. Taste is moderately bitter with a nice hop flavor and just a touch of malt for balance.

Medium-bodied with a good dose of carbonation, it also had just a bit of oilyness from the hops that i really enjoy in an IPA.
Kind of a 'back to the basics' IPA, but in a good way. Really well crafted, and while it isn't a homerun, it is a nice, solid beer that i could see myself enjoying everyday.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a hazy golden orange with thin white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Aroma was a very pleasant hoppy citrus, and mouthfeel of this full-bodied beer was tangy and biting. Flavor was more of the hoppy citrus fruit at first, but the 7% abv and a touch of sweet malt entered in at mid-glass. This all led to a pleasant finish of medium duration that was nice and bitter, yet subtly sweet.

Photo of pirate252
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice clear copper/amber color, been sipping on it for 20 minutes or so and still has some white head on it, some pretty nice lacing down the side of the glass as well.

Smell: Could be better sadly, not as floral as I was hoping, pretty malty smell to it actually.

Taste: Wonderful, crisp and clean, leave a slight bit of bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Great for an IPA, not one I could drink a six pack of, but for sitting here at my desk as a sipper, wonderful!

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,751 ratings.