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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,649 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,649
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 106
Gots: 203 | 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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Photo of cproioi
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a lovely copper color with a slightly off white head that disipated quickly into a rocky film across the top of the beer. The smell was largely of hops that gave it an evergreen aroma. The taste followed closely, at first taste all I could detect was the evergreen-esque hops. The the after taste hit and I got a big taste of grapefruit flavored hops. The body of the beer was of medium thickness and had a long lingering dry finish. It was easily drunk and a beer I would get again easily.

cproioi, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I'm seriously considering to note drink IPA's anymore. They are all tasting the same, and that's a problem.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange amber with about a 1/2 finger white head. It settles quickly, but stays around the edge of the beer.

Smell: There's a light malt character on the smell, but the hops were overpowering. Floral smells and grapefruit dominate, with a hint of oranges taking up the rear. Overall the smell isn't too powerful. I would appreciate more presence.

Taste: Again the grapefruit come into play, as do the floral hops. What brings this beer above average is that their is a distinct flavor of rosemary that becomes present with a sweet malt flavor. It's interesting, but only a small piece of the puzzle.

Mouthfeel: Like an other IPA there is a bitterness that compliments the thin consistency. However, the consistency is a little thicker than a standard IPA. This however, isn't a major bonus considering it lacks the malt backbone to substantiate it.l

Drinkability: It drinks like any IPA, which is why I wouldn't have another unless it was the only craft brew available.

dbalsock, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an orange amber with a large foamy tan head. An absolute work of art to look at, this beer is darker,more reddish,than other IPA's. The smell is citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. My only complaint with this is the smell isn't as strong as I hoped. The taste is a rich creamy hop explosion. The citrus hops along with the creamy texture make this beer something special. The m/f is light and perfectly balanced between bitter hops and malt sweetness. An absolute delicious beer.

jmz62565, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a resiny amber. A decent amount of bubbling for an IPA. A little lacing and a litle foam went nicely with the look of this brew. nice resiny hop smell starts of at first witha wel 30% malt character developed as well. A little sweet to with hints of pommegranite. The tase starts out with some syrupy and resiny hops mixed with sugary malt sweetness and citrusy hop presence.

scruffwhor, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of NClifestyle
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very carbonated looking, lots of bubbles, light amber, clear, huge lumpy head of bright tan foam. lines of lace all down the glass.
smell is strong hops, fruity and piney at the same time. great smell.
a touch of malt starts off before strong hop dose kicks in, with a huge bitering hop presence in the back of the mouth, so much that it almost knocks out all other flavors. stays very bitter, very sharp for a while, then a hint of sweet malt sneaks in mid bottle.
medium in the mouth, above average carbonation, zing all along the tongue. a great ipa, but i don't think i could drink this all night. it would ruin my tastebuds for any other brews.
hop heads who love that very bitter finishing presence will love this beer; a true american ipa, there's nothing english about this one.


NClifestyle, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Madison's Come Back In.

Appearance: Amber orange, with low to medium visibility. 1/4 inch head
subsides to a few sudsy smudges on the top of the beer. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Pine, grapefruit hops - strong, aggressive onset, with just a little fruit in the background. Oranges, kiwi, and a hint of lemon.

Taste: Impressively hoppy, with a pine front palate, grapefruit middle palate and dry raspy finish. Oranges, honeydew melon and kiwi in the background - fruity, with almost no caramael malt presence at all. Malts poke through as the beer warms. Some tea tannins present. Nonetheless, despite aggressive hops, this remains refreshing and light.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body, with a balanced hops-and-malt aftertaste. Slightly aggressive carbonation increases the dry finish.

Drinkability: Hopheads will no doubt like this as a session IPA, and the dry finish remains refreshing and pleasant. Even though I don't normally go for hoppy beers, this was an oddly drinkable monster. Great in the sun after some time outdoors - really cleansing. Definitely an IPA I'll drink again.

expatsteve, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really pretty deep golden, almost red body. Unfortunately, the head was pretty dull looking, with not much going on.

Piney hop smell blended with thick, sweet but roasty malts.

The taste is a really nice and interesting one. The piney hops get you at first, then are counteracted by a thick base of sweetish malts. Then the hops come back. Almost abrasively, but not really. For almost using the word 'abrasive', it's actually rather well balanced. Well hidden 7%, too.

Mouthfeel's on the heavier side, with light carbonation. I love the carbonation, but the mouthfeel itself is a little heavier and sticky than I would hope for.

Drinkability is a bit slow. But that's not a knock on the brew. This is a big, complex IPA.

DaveFL1976, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic approachable IPA. Thanks to froggyfrog for this beer.

Appearance: Pours a orange-ish color with a foamy off white head and decent lacing.

Smell: I liked this aroma so much I accidentally snorted it up my nose LOL oops! A fruity aroma of orange and a drip of pine oil sit on top of a sweet malt aroma. Very enticing.

Taste: This is only the 3rd beer I have ever had from Anderson Valley Brewing Company. All I have to say is *Where have you been all my life!* Three for three have been spot on fantastic!
To start this beer is super smooth. It enters the mouth fruity and juicy. It has a nice balance citrus orange drink flavor and pine hop grapefruit bite. It is balanced with a sweet candy malt undertone. The aftertaste is the best of all. The grapefruit clings to your palate relentlessly but not obtrusively. mmm. It just begs you to take the next sip. I *LOVE* this fruity hop flavor. WOW!

Mouthfeel: The beer has a brilliant solid malt backbone in addition to the Hop-Heads dream bite.

Drinkability: You would *never* know this beer is 7% ABV. It just goes down so easily. I finished my beer before I could finish writing these words. This beer was a generous gift from a great friend. Next time I will buy much more than one! =)

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jul 29, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Slightly hazy, dark gold color with a medium size, off-white head. After pouring, I could smell the hops from about two feet away...Primarily citrus, some flowery. Malt came through faintly with a bit of honey in the scent. Taste met the promise of the aroma with a great blast of hops. As the beer warmed, the malt came through, but I still only seemed to experience it in the aftertaste. Body was light, with medium to high carbonation, and it was fairly drying. Excellent beer and easy to drink.

, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. with no freshness date. The bottle foamed up when I popped the cap so I poured carefully, resulting in an unfiltered orangey copper body with a 1 finger tan head that leaves some lacing. Nice mix of hops in the aroma - floral, piney, leafy, and medicinal - all giving an almost raw presence. The flavor reveals notes of sweet apricot, mango, citric/piney hops, a medium bitterness, toasted malts, and faint notes of caramel, chocolate, and honey. It has a medium body with very fine carbonation and, although it doesn't say it's conditioned, it feels like it is and there's sediment on the bottom of the bottle. On par with a good, craft IPA, but not really above the rest. However, I would happily drink it again.

mmmbeer, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber to gold and clear with a slightly off-white head that fades quickly. Initial aroma is some piney hops, underneath that the malts mix in and ther is a sweet lemony, floral aroma, a little like the smarties candies. In the taste, there is some honey and lemony sweetness, some graininess, and a piney, peppery finish that also shows some alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body. A good beer with some nice aromas but in the highly populated craft ipa category it doesn't stand out for me.

hoppymeal, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of variousartists
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Unbelievable! If you like hoppy beers, you have to try this.

Appearance: Nice. Quite attractive and sticks to the mug. Consistent almost amber hue.

Smell: Hmmm... can I drink it now. Sweet, hoppy aroma.

Taste: As the name implies, this is all hops. Yet it is not so overwhelming that it affects the complexity. Malt flavor is still distinguishable and pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Good body, good carbonation, good everything.

Drinkability: Addictive. Better with each drink.

Personally I prefer this over Stone, but this one and Stone are top two IPA's in my book. A must try.

variousartists, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of dickroop
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dunno quite why I bought this six-pack, given all the other choices I had in that well stocked store. Colorful label, and claims of excellence seemed to broadcast from the packaging...

It poured a dark oppery amber and was slightly cloudy, had a rugged, big-bubbled off-white head.

Nose was medium piney hop and slightly yeasty. Pleasant

Taste was piney hops with bitter-sweet dark edges from the malt-hop blend. The alcohol was noticeable, and the finish was bitter. It's a big-flavored brew, but to my taste a little heavy-handed with some malt and reminiscent of stouts and amber ales.

This IPA had a light-to-medium body and develops a little stickiness in the mouth, but not too much. Drinkability is OK, but I probably won't get it again, I guess it's not the flavor or hop-malt balance that I prefer.

dickroop, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a real nice amber bordering on copper, a shit ton of lacing all the way down the glass, whitish head to a thin foam. Aroma is reminicent of barleywine, perhaps the higher alcohol coming through, a kind of burnt caramel is what if feels like, with nice piney hop esters. Mouth has kind of the same thing going on, lots of hops, lots of malt. Starts off with a thick layer of resinous malt, with a slightly biting piney hop rising almost mysteriously, like 'woops, theres hop here.' The hops start off citric when rising, becoming floral and piney through the end, and a real nice subtle bitter finish paired with that same malt backing that sneaks back into the picture. Very interesting, and quite tasty. Beautifully smooth and creamy body, exactly right for this beer. So, it sum, I want more.

objectivemonkey, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy burnt-orange with a thick soapy head and moderate lacing.

Smell is complex toasted maltiness and great herbal-citrus hop.

Taste is strong caramel toasted malt, competing with fruity hop character. Surprisingly balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little chewy.

A very balanced maltiness in this IPA. Caramel and toffee really stand out. Very drinkable session beer.

Blakaeris, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark cloudy shade of orange with a very sticky lacy head with good retention.

Smell is very bready and buscuity. A slight bit of citrus hops is there as well.

Taste has a big toasted bread malt flavor up front with a very strong pine hop bitter finish. Some mild citrus flavors as well. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a very dry finish.

A nice IPA especially on a hot summer day.

bashiba, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of doubleipa
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very strong floral/citrus aroma. Creamy white head. Decent lacing, but the head vanished eventually. Nice, but not overpowering resin tasate. Could probably keep drinking this one. Amber in color. This was the first Anderson Valley I've had. Nice IPA, but not in my top 5.

doubleipa, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of Solomon420
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall this was a great beer to drink. The first thing that came to my mind when I opened it up and began to pour it into the pint glass was that it smelled like some weed. Not crap weed, but really "kind" weed. The head floated for a while only leaving its ghostly lacing after a few drinks. I like this beer as its not too overpowering in the hoppy taste, good balance with some really nice fruity aftertastes. I thought it tastes like rasberries or something like that. I have had several of the Anderson Valley tripel and dubbel and like them very much, so this one fits the bill perfect and I am very pleased with this brewery overall as well.

recommended beer!

Solomon420, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a descent off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some nice grapefruit citrus and piney hop character, along with some tangy orange honey sweetness, toasted bread and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is similar with a nice hop blast upfront with citrusy and piney notes, along with orange marmalade sweetness, biscuity malt and a slight alcohol prescence. Mouthfeel is light and drinkability is very good. A solid IPA, not the hop bomb i expected.

silver0rlead, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of trep
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking IPA. Creamy white head that fades to a glazing atop the clean and clear burnt orange body.

Malt is the dominating contender in the aroma. Some piney/marijuana smelling hops that smell mostly bitter. A little toffee and honey, but mostly sweet malt.

Very bittersweet. Hop Ottin' reminds me of a very bitter English IPA. Something like La Chouffe Houblen Doublen Tripel IPA, but much more crisp. Piney and grassy hops are the dominant taste. Honey sweetness is definitely adding to the experience. Not the typical west coast IPA, but the uniqueness of it gives it a nice place in my heart.

Not real thick and sappy, but not thin either. Nicely balanced as far as mouthfeel goes. Carbonation is good. A smooth beer despite the mostly bitter taste. Doesn't really get boring either. A solid, and my first, offering from Anderson Valley.

trep, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of mattpetti
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light amber in color with a nice sized head that has an uneven layer, and leaves good lacing along my glass.
S: Citrus, and a good amount of sweet fruity malts. (sour apple, ripe grapefruit...)
T: Crisp, Hoppy, with hints of sweetness, nice balance
MF/D: Alittle heavier i thought to othre APA's ive had, but the texture of this beer makes it a very pleasnig and easy beer to drink. Will please the people who love DIPA's also just based on the short power of the balanced hop presence. A great beer.

mattpetti, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's something really arresting about the maltiness of the Anderson Valley beers, and this one's a great example. It's rich and sweetish, almost like a barleywine, but it's far from overdone, and certainly not as strong. It has a really unique caramelish side that's really quite remarkable. And in this case, it acts as a perfect, soft blanket for the hops to sink down into and lay upon.

It pours a hazy, deep-amber and orange body beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam. The head retention could be a bit better, as well as the lacing.

In the mouth it's richly malty and dextrinous with a medium-full body and creamy, gently effervescent carbonation.

The nose is decidedly malty and caramelish with gentle notes of piney and gently citrusy hops. It becomes even more fruity and hoppy as it warms with lots of floral notes.

The flavor offers the same rich, caramelish malt well-infused with piney, gently citrusy, and floral hops as well as a bold bitterness. As you progress through the glass the sweet maltiness that you get upfront erodes to leave much more hop flavor and bitterness in the mouth at the end. It's almost like having two beers in one, which greatly lends to it's drinkability. A touch of gentle spiciness is lent by the combination of hops and alcohol towards the end of the pint, but other than that it's remarkably well-cloaked.

It's a really nicely balanced, malty and hoppy IPA. I can't think of any IPA, brewed anywhere in the world, that has such a nice malt base to bounce it's hops off of! Except for the head retention, this is remarkably well-done!

NeroFiddled, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of brushpig
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a glass on tap at the Map Room in Chicago.Served in the proper glass.

A nice Amber color with a big lasting head.

The aroma of floral, sweet tea, and citurs. Mild but impressive.

The taste is what American IPA's should be Very hoppy, thick malty body, fruitty, with a dry nutty finish.

Great beer!

brushpig, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Appearance is very impressive with an amber color and very nice head with great retention. The aroma is a little dissapointing with a mild, sweet smell. The taste is a nice balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. A nicely drinkable IPA but lacking the kind of intense aroma and hop flavor I want from an IPA.

AaronHomoya, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of ChrisA
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear copper color with a foamy two finger head. Floral, piney aroma, really nice. Excellent IPA. Very strong hop presence. The balance of malts slightly hides the high alcohol (7% ABV). Crisp hop bite on the finish. This is a hop overs dream. A really awesome brew. I have been trying to branch out as of late by trying pilsners, wheats, dopplebocks, etc., but is good to come back home to an IPA. I would definitely put this up with the ranks of Great Divide's Titan, and Stone's IPA, especially after half a bottle when the malt taste begins to balance it nicely. A little pricey at $8.99 but I'm very happy I made this choice tonight...

ChrisA, Jun 10, 2006
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,649 ratings.