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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,787
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 118
Gots: 265 | FT: 2
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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 dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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
3.55/5  rDev -11%
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
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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
4.32/5  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 +4.8%
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
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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

12 ounce bottle, no freshness date.

pours a nice gold/copperish color with a two-finger fluffy offwhite head.

smells of hops, some other flowers, maybe citrus, almost no malt.

tastes more malty than it smells, but balanced well by the greenery/citrus flavors. great overall balance.

mouthfeel is medium-body that keeps carbonation fairly well.

a very good overall IPA for any occasion.

Photo of Proteus93
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: What a pretty IPA! Deep golden pour sporting a rich, pale amber, 2-finger head.

S: Mild hops, a hints of honey, and floral nose. Malt aroma.

T: Not the same kind of 'in your face bitterness' that I am used to from many American IPAs. It's certainly a bittery, hoppy flavour, but seems somehow 'deeper.' A resin like hops, and a little bit sweet through and towards the finish. A nice, malty roundness that balances it better than many I have tried. Quite a nice IPA.

M: A little on the heavy side... coats the mouth, but that allows that intense flavour to linger

D: A bit intense, and a tad high in ABV... this is more a sipping beer, and would be a little tough for me to have more than a couple at a time. A good beer otherwise, though.

Photo of PhageLab
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Hazy orange/copper coloration came with a fingertip's worth of froth that stuck around. Lacing was immaculate.

S - Bold citrus aroma, almost acidic. Lemon and grapefruits perhaps.

T - A wonderfully balanced bitter profile. Smooth and citrusy as well. I was surprised, however, to find this under the American stylization, I had it pegged for an English. Not "hoppy" in the least when compared to Two Hearted or Big Daddy.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation level, slight oily residue, nice smooth finish. Bitterness lingers for just a few moments after a sip.

D - Pretty decent here, I could do a few before having to move on. To many the bitterness might be a bit overwhelming, but if you like bitters or English IPA's, this will be right up your alley. Warning to hop heads, this one may mislead you. Definitely worth trying regardless.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My mid-day gueuze was a let down, so I'm going to resort to perhaps the best beer from my mix-six pack to make up for lost ground. Alright, ready...set...POUR!:

This beer forms a massive head, albeit it looks soda-like. Despite the latter, the retention is excellent. Good crisp hop aroma in the nose. A little lemon zest as well. More clean hops in the taste as well. The malt then marches in and brings caramel and honey oat bread notes to the palate. Touches of nutty yeast and phenolic activity, giving it a funny aftertaste when it's all done.

Damn the latter! This would be another good American IPA, but the aftertaste kills it. This didn't make up for the lost gueuze.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with some pretty good carbonation. 1/2 inch white,thick head. Smell of hops and floral, some piney smell. Tatse like it smells, floral, hoppy and some piney notes with a finishing bitterness. Good IPA overall. Would recpmmend and drink again.

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deeep amber color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is loaded with hops in the front (grassy, piney, citrusy) overwhelming alomost any malt character.
Taste has has the hops up front, But a bit more of malt begins to show itself.
Finishes much more dry than sweet.
A nice enjoyable beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly fogged amber. Minimal creme head. Nose is thick and strong piney hops. Flavor is malty, but lacks any firm character to it. No style. No grace. Thick liquid feel. Good carbonation. Overall a good brew. Just doesn't have any pizzazz.

Photo of Tilley4
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The only thing that keeps this beer from being my favorite session beer is the alcohol. I love everything else about it. Perfect blend of hops/malts, looks great, smells wonderful.

This looks like amber honey with a nice fluffy head to it. Smells hoppy and sweet with maybe a touch of honey or something in there.

Wonderful taste. Nice malty warmth upfront followed immediately by a wave of citrusy hops and finishes bitter. Very nice IPA.

I loved this beer. Loved it.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A big, thick, foamy, pillow-like two finger head, bone white in color. Leaves big sticky lace rings all the way down the glass. The body is a nice golden amber.

S: Grapefruit and toasted malts. One of the more balanced hop/malt noses I have come across. A mild spruce smell.

T: The malts come across the palate first on this one and then the finish is of grapefruit and spruce, and then malts again. The malts are kind of sweet and give it a different taste. Not very crisp, the cascades have an interesting lingering taste, they usually tend to be crisper. Faint alcohol warmth lingers deep into the aftertaste.

M: Dry and bitter.

D: Suffers a bit, up there in alcohol content

Overall, this beer is pretty solid and deserves to be up there with the everyday IPA's. They use some nice hops to give it a different feel than a typical IPA. The sweetness of the malts are a nice touch.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A solid looking finger of dense eggwhite colored foam rises above a slightly hazy orange-amber brew that looks like it has an almost purple cast at times. The head is small but pretty, and it leaves a little bit of really crusty lace on the glass. Swirling produces more head, and retention is pretty damn good.

S - Mandarin orange is very prevalent, with lively rind/zest notes too. The juicy citrus hop profile is gorgeous, and they are backed up by some solid biscuity malts too. Very nice.

T - Again, this is extremely juicy, fresh, and fruity. The hops take on more complexity in the mouth, and I can pick out mandarin orange, pineapple, and some grapefruit too. This is almost perfectly balanced since the awesome hops are almost matched in intensity with the tight and firm malt flavors.

M - Medium bodied with tons of structure and fairly aggressive carbonation. The finish is extremely bitter and quite dry as well. Damn fine stuff!

D - On of the best IPAs I've had in quite some time. I've been getting a few stinkers recently, and this one has renewed my faith in one of the most common styles in the good beer stores. This is a sipping beer, not really a session brew but I would drink two or three slowly and enjoy every drop. Pour this into a snifter to catch all of the nice hoppy aromatics.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin pours with a large head, good retention and lacing. Has a hazy orange color.

Smells of grassy hops, a bit of citrus, caramel malt. Rather floral and I like it.

On the palate there is lots of bitter floral hops, caramel malt to add some balance and a dry bitter finish.

Photo of budgood1
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out an amber colour with reddish tints. thin tight head, sticky and clinging. the lace adheres nicely, making for a nice looking brew. ripe fruitish smell...malty with a underlying spicy hop nose. the hop profile really comes through on the tongue, though. but first a wave of rich maltiness is forefront, fruity and a bit spicy from the alcohol...a bit yeasty, also. then a slow, creeping bitterness sneaks up making for a long lingering, intense, juicy end. this is a really malty brew. the hops pretty much balance out the sweetness perfectly, but don't add a lot above and beyond the big juicy bitterness. the ample body of this offering makes it seem like a bigger beer. the mouthfeel is rich and sassy, with a tremendous tongue thrashing from the hops. drinkability is good...the overall feel seems a bit rough, but i'm sure anyone looking for a hop fix need not look any further than this.

hop head's delight if you like unabashed bitterness.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Solomon420, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, citrus and a light amount of hops for the style.

T: The taste is on the malty side as opposed to the hoppy side for an IPA and starts with flavors of caramel tea and citrus. There’s a pale hops presence that comes in next, provides a good balance, causes the sweetness to fade and leaves a slightly bitter after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is one of those beers that gets better as it warms a bit, but since it doesn’t really have the high hops profile that endears me to the American IPA style, I consider it a decent beer, but not my first choice when I’m looking for an IPA.

Photo of buzzworthy
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' IPA is a beautiful sight in the glass, with a rich, full head atop an amber-orange body. The head laces the glass all the way to the end. The beer is nicely balanced between maltiness and piney, citrus hops. The smell is faint to me but the taste comes alive with this balanced array. It won't satisfy the true hophead but works well for me.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,787 ratings.