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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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90
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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 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.

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

Pours strong reddish orange hue. Minimal head. Not overpoweringly bitter but you know it's an IPA! Strong yet un-offensive malty aroma. Malt taste overpowers the taste of the hops
in this brew which makes it an exceptional ipa. Smooth and easy to drink with no bite which is rare in a big beer. Well worth the price of admission!!!

Photo of ccbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a brewery owner, I feel that credit should be given to those that consistently strive for making great beer. Hats off to Anderson Valley for continuing to make a great example of a drinkable IPA. Not over the top, not to anything, just a nice balance of all things that make this style a favorite. Keep up the good work.

Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear golden copper color with about a finger of creamy white head. Aroma is dominated by citrusy, piney, and slightly floral American hops. There is a caramel malt undertone to the aroma. Taste is much like the aroma but the flavors here are much more potent. This beer is solidly bitter with a full hop flavor (mostly pine with a bit of citrus/floral) and a surprisingly strong caramel maltyness. This beer is relatively full bodied for and IPA but isn't terribly sweet. Carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good. I typically like my IPAs to be drier, with less body, a bit more hop aroma and flavor, and with a more subdued malt presence. That being said I still enjoyed this IPA and was glad that I was able to try it.

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice darker copper colour for an IPA, the head was only about a finger in depth,and disapeared quite quickly.

The smell was really subtle, with apricot, hops and a little citrus. Overall very pleasant.

Taste as hoppy, but not overpowering. Could pick up on the fruit and slight citrus easily.

Mouthfeel was a little too gassy for me, but by no means the worst. That also disappeared as the bottle went on

Easily drank the bomber. A very nice beer

Photo of soupyman10
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked this one up after passing it by way too many times. Definitely a tasty IPA, another good brew from Anderson Valley. Looks nice - a deep copper color with a solid head that leaves minimal lacing as it drains. Nose is hoppy, tons of fruity flavors floating around, as well as some light candy and brown sugar. Maybe a touch of cedar? Flavor's excellent. Hoppy as hell, but somehow stays balanced with just a few malty hints in there. Still - it's hoppy up front, hoppy on that tail end (with a solid aftertaste on there). Feel is nice and full, with carbonation highlighting that hoppiness. A very good beer, one I'll definitely be having again.

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

Pours a hazy copper orange color with decent white head. Slight retention, but some very decent lacing.

Aroma is very sweet. Citrus (sweet grapefruit) and slightly floral hop aroma. Not a overpowering aroma but very pleasant.

Good up front hop bite which continues all the way to the back end. While the bitterness is quite assertive and to the point there is a good balance to the brew. Sweet malty bread base complements the hops quite well.

Medium to full mouth feel with a nice dry finish.

Good balance makes this brew very drinkable, quite enjoyable.

Photo of umtox
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has been said about this beer more than once, but balance is it's greatest strength. I think this is the best balanced IPA I have ever had with much more malt flavor than most to balance out the hoppiness.

The smell and appearance or good for an IPA. But the taste and drinkability are exceptional!

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

12 oz. bottle to a pint glass...

A nice clear golden orange in color with minimal head even though I poured with some vigor??? Decent lacing, but nothing to brag about. A moderate hop smell from the glass with the floral notes standing out the most. I noticed a even distribution of malts to hops in the nose. In the mouth is where this beer really shines. Great hop taste here... floral and piney with a touch of citrus. Well rounded with perhaps a malted barley influence? Moderately carbonated with a resinous feel in the mouth. Very drinkable even at 7.0 ABV. A good, well rounded Cali IPA.

Photo of TonyT
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark Gold, light orange and clear. Head was foamy and leaves lacing that hangs.

S- Average for an IPA. Somewhat hoppy smell, doesn't blow your mind but you know that there are hops in it.

T- A little thin. Has a semi-dry crispness. The hop vs. malt balance is 65/35. The hop taste is a "middle of the road" taste. Alcohol taste is not apparent, which is nice.

M- Front end is mild and the mid does not stand out. The back end is where the hoppiness hits. Nice.

D- Very Drinkable...nothing left hooks you...a nice entry level Calli IPA.

Photo of itcomesnpints
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fuzzy orange haze with a nice head. Could definitely use more lacing though. Has quite a powerful aroma of rich and hearty hops that is offset just a little too much by waves of malt. The hops certainly have a large presence in the taste as well, but again are muffled by the malt character to the overall detriment of the taste. Alcohol plays too large of a role as well. I've tried this IPA on multiple occasions to make sure I wasn't crazy, and each time I ended up struggling to finish the simple 12 oz. A decent beer, just probably not one I will pick up again. I prefer more balanced IPAs with more citrus, smoother hops and less malt.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a clear brown color with a light head.

S: The smell is of hops and some citrus notes. Actually the aroma of this beer is quite faint.

T: The taste is bitter and hoppy. Fruit flavors are present and I find the flavors work well.

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and seems quite appropriate.

D: While this beer is interesting, I do find it overly hoppy and without balance.

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

Had this one from a 12 oz bottle

A- Nice and clear, not too cloudy but not too pale
S- At first there was a distinct smell of centennial hops but after it warmed that faded
T- Very smooth but not too "hoppy." Had a slight 'dank' quality to it. I'm not sure if they used columbus hops or not.
M- Excellent mouthfeel
D- I had one of these but could have easily had more. Not too bitter that you can't do more than one. Overall good beer.

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

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 8/22/08.

A - Hazy burnt orange body with one-finger creamy white head that receded into a thin film and left sticky lace all around the glass. Very minimal carbonation present.

S - Floral and perfumy hop aroma with some spicy notes. Picking up on some mild ginger perhaps. Sweet caramel and bready notes round out the nose.

T - Starts off on the sweet side with a bit of burnt sugar and caramel malt, but very quickly segues into a bitter floral hop attach with some perfumy notes.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and mild carbonation. Quite a lot of bitterness on the palate that lasts well into the finish.

D - I was expecting more of a West Coast vibe with this brew, but this sucker's floral! Still, it's quite a tasty IPA with a bold hop character and spicy kick.

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

-Poured from a bomber-

Orange/Amber coloring that lead a big frothy white head that dissipated into a nice lacing.

A nice hop aroma comes in first but is wonderfully met by sweet bready malt. The hops are not as prevalent in the aroma as they are in other IPA's, but the hops that are present bring forth a very herbal/resiny/piney scent. There's a certain sweetness that I can't put my finger on. A leafy sweetness if that makes any sort of sense to you (maybe after finishing a bomber?)

The taste is quite interesting (in a very positive way). Again, the hops come in first with a citrus/piney/herbal taste. It's big on hop flavor but it's paired greatly with a nice sweet malt body. In the end, it's all about the hops. While it's not as bitter as others, the hop flavor is spotlighted. There's a ton of fruity esters to be found.

Full bodied on the palate, almost creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

It's drinkable, just be careful with it. Has a great (and interesting) hop character.

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

This IPA comes pretty highly recommended and I have gotten through most of the others at my local store this summer as the heat becomes increasingly unbearable. It starts off pretty strong with a dark reddish orange hue and a head that dissipates quickly but is already leaving behind, thick, scrawling lace. The nose is fairly balanced but lemon/pine hoppiness is most noticeable.

Thick clots of pine lace the taste, somewhat as expected. The withering blast follows through to the aftertaste. Other flavors include citrus, pepper, and medicine. Faint caramel malt can be detected but is mostly buried under naked hop aggression. alcohol also makes a cameo in the finish. Texture carries the taste well but could stand to be thicker.

It's all a matter of taste but this one for me is a little too one dimensional. I see it more as a DIPA as the hops really are unrelenting. It's a good beer, and some people will be in love but I prefer a more nuanced, balanced taste, at least most of the time.

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

Hop Ottin' pours a bright, clear, golden-orange color with an excellent looking lid of , boomingly blossoming, finely fuzzy, lightly creamy, very lightly caramel toned white. Really nice looking.

Smells of a solidly caramel malty base with nice pineapple and orangey fruits and spicy pine hops.

The flavor knows how to back it up, with a good balance of solid caramel sweetness along with fresh pineapples and oranges, peppery-earthy-spicy pine melded together. Medium-full body brings solid lightly creamy, zesty-sharp carb.

Really a very good IPA.

Photo of jeremyd365
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured quite a dark brownish copper with a thick head that stuck around awhile. The smell is a solid mix between floral hops and caramel malts. Oh wow the taste is great--very smooth with the slight bitterness not being too apparent until the end, where there is a sweet but dry hop taste that remains--quite yummy. Very drinkable and perhaps one of the best IPAs I've had.

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

A- Pours a nice orange amber, perhaps copper, color. Thick, foamy head,that dissolves slowly, leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

S- There's a good mix of hops and fruitiness in the aroma. The smell is utterly tantalizing.

T&M- Hops, hops, and more hops! That's what you taste. The malt is earthy, but overshadowed by the hop power. There's a nice mix of hops, with the piney, floral hops being a bit more dominant. It is fairly smooth going down,with a medium body and nice carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable IPA. Although very hoppy and not as balanced as some others, it manages to go down smoothly (for me anyway). I do agree that there are better IPAs out there, but this will stay on my list of good IPAs.

Photo of flannelman808
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a nice IPA

smell:
not a pungent aroma, but has a nice citrus/malty smell to it.

Taste:
a little bit metallic in the beginning, then it opens up with a hoppy kick, and a light malty flavor.

The beer is on the hoppy side of balanced which I like, its a good beer, worth drinking.

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

a: orange/gold body, fluffy white head, solid lacing.

s: Piney, citrus hops.

t: Sweet toasted malt, piney hops. notes of citrus and grass. I am sick of writing similar reviews of ipa's, but I love the fact that so many breweries now make a great ipa. Add Anderson Valley to the list.

m: What you expect: medium body, sticky texture.

d: Another good west coast ipa. I am beginning to have a hard time keeping them all straight. This one is well balanced, but plenty hoppy, and very easy to drink.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,821 ratings.