Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,756
Reviews: 1,183
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 114
Gots: 245 | FT: 0
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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 BeerSox
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy deep amber hue with a two finger head that doesn't quit. Light tan in color, it leaves a film of sticky lacing in its place as it settles. Eventually it becomes a thick pillowy cap.

The aroma is filled with sharp hops that make up most of the smell. There is a smooth malt base, and a hint of diacetyl.

The flavor is sharp citrus hops with a biscuity malt base. There is a little bit of diacetyl in the flavor as well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The alcohol isn't that detectable until the beer warms up a good amount. The finish is sharp lingering hops.

This is a pretty good IPA, I really enjoyed it. It's probably best fresh, like any IPA. Recommended.

Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep golden. Fluffy white head,with excellent retention,and lacing. Aroma is of floral hops,citrus,and a bit of pine. Body is medium to heavy,with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is bittered, with a nice balance of floral hops,and grapefruit. Good stuff!

Photo of genog
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a creamy, fizzy 1 inch off white head. Lingers around for a while and leaves a good amount of lacing all along the glass. Smell is of herbs, and citrus, I smell grapefruit on this one. I can also smell some grape wine aroma at first. Initial taste is sweet with a moderate bitter finish. Mouthfeeling is watery with some soft carbonation.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, it 'is' an IPA, so when i saw it as a selection at the Bend Brewfest, I began to salivate.

Pours a dark golden, not too clear. Pretty standard for an IPA. Good carbonation and retention. Actually the gal poured it a little hard, had a bit to much foam to deal with, but it's hardly the beers fault the brewfest worker didnt know how to pour : /

Tastes like an IPA should, lots of floral hops, pine, grapefruit. However, I think this more of an entry level contender. I expected just a few notches better from Anderson Valley. Flavors are just a tad to bitter and sticky. Coated my teeth.

I rated this one good, I really did enjoy it, its just that my IPA exposure is vast and perhaps a bit to picky.

Good job Anderson Valley.

Photo of TechMyst
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Remarkable?! Not at first, but I was quickly changed in mind. Decent balance but not plesant at first. big floral hop aroma. Yellow with slight ruby hue. Collared rings with lacing that stuck. Medium mouthfeel. Slick/resinous palate. Soft conditioning but has a bite afterwards. Thin head diminishing to a sheen. honey yellow head. Drinkability only ok at first. nuttyness undertone. Alcohol barely detectable. Addictive when it comes to the hoppiness. Tried 1-2; the last 3 were awesome, maybe the weakness of it is what makes it so drinkable?

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

This beer is available in lots of places in Northern California. It is my goto IPA when I just need a beer in a hurry. It is a little dark for my liking at a light copper color but not out of style. It has a strong aroma of hops that is pleasant and not too purfume.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear wood stain brown in color. A few streams of bubbles rushing to the top. Thick white spongey head resting on top that left behind layered lace all around the edges of the glass. Nose is full of wet hops but is dulled by a watery mellowness.

Flavor is not quite a typical CA IPA because the flavor seems to be lacking the malt backbone I associate with this style from that region. Hops outwiegh the mats quite a bit with the balance towards the bitters. Medium to full mouthfeel with a dry finish. Some tannins as well. Would pick this up again but would not be my first choice.

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of dertbert.

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/amber color with a bubbly, white, one-finger head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of hops!! Tons of hops! It had a citrusy smell and some malt aromas, too.

T - It tasted of bitter grassy hops. It had a burnt maltiness, too. A nice combo of bitter hops an toasty maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A little warmth from the alcohol. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Very good IPA. I've only had 2 ANderson Valley products and both have been excellent.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a deep copper ale with a nice big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is well balance with some light caramel malt. Taste is a mix between caramel malt and some bitter hops. Body is above average with some good carbonation. I have to admit that this was a well made and very refreshing IPA but still taste quite similar to other staple of the style.

Photo of ncvbc
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those brews that doesn't necessarily stand out as a serious contender but you can't go wrong with it either. It had been too long since I had it last so I picked up a single from Bruisin' Ales when I was there.

Pour left a dark golden with excellent carbonation which produced a medium head and decent retention.

Smell was floral hops mostly. They weren't as in your face as some others but nice and tempting. The slightest caramel malt background can also be noticed.

Taste is great for the hop lovers. Now I recall this kicking my ass years ago when I first got into the IPAs. Huge floral hops with a piney bitterness to accompany it. Somewhere in there you pick up the malts that back it but this is definitely a hops showcase.

Mouthfeel is sticky and somewhat bitter. The carbonation definitely helps this one out a lot.

Drinkability is good. A few on a nice fall evening would be nice.

Glad I tried this again. Maybe it's the fact that Anderson Valley is what I'm used to over here from the West or that we don't get much of anything else...I think these guys are overlooked pretty often. Especially that Oatmeal Stout which I need to get around to soon.

Photo of wamu2000
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a solid IPA. High abv sticks to the mouth. I like my IPAs to settle in the throat...aftertaste & aroma are good to above average. Very Hoppin, as advertised, i liked it. Aroma is the only attribute lacking, otherwise topshelf IPA worth a "must try". Thank you sir, may I have another...

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a clean golden brown with a beige head and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is very fragrant with lots of floral and grapefruit notes and a touch of sweet maltiness.

A good amount of bitterness upfront before the balance of the hops and malts come through.

Medium mouthfeel with a slickness to it. Mild carbonation.

Very drinkable and a good example of a strong IPA.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a medium-amber color with a decent white head. Thin layer remains throughout, a good amount of lacing as well.

S: Very floral and herbal, some light hops as well as some slightly sweet malts.

T: A solid and sweet malty base starts it off with some nutty and bread flavors as well. This transitions into a very fruity and floral middle. The slight hop bitterness starts to shine through now and bursts through in the end. A very well balanced IPA with excellent complexity and tasty as hell.

M: A little bit chewy due to the pronounced maltiness but the slick hop oils also come through towards the end.

D: A very good IPA. I can't believe this is the first time I've tried it, I must have passed it over a million times while shopping at Trader Joe's. A must try for any IPA lover.

Photo of sirk0rebreg
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a new sam adams glass...wonderful 2 finger head that seems to last for a bit, leaves a nice sticky lace down the glass...aroma is of floral hops and those are evident in the taste as well...very good beer, pretty well balanced with a little bite at the end...at 7.00% abv i wouldn't call it a session beer but it is very drinkable...great carbonation

overall a good beer and i will definitely buy and drink again

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

Pours a nice burned orange with a fluffy head that takes a little time to disappear. Leaves a lot of lacing and looks delicious. Smells of hops at first whiff but they are subtle. Citrus, malt, a little floral and maybe some dried fruit make up more of the smell. The taste shocked me at first. Delicious, potent hops surprised me since they weren’t nearly as up front in the smell. The malt and some grapefruit make an appearance and compliment the hops nicely. Bitter and dry from the hops. Nice body in the mouthfeel, no alcohol present at all. Could definitely make an evening out of these. Picked this up randomly and very glad I did. This is an awesome IPA at a very good price.

Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - light reddish amber; two full fingers of foamy, light orange head that falls to a thin cover quickly but leaves some a good amount of lacing down the glass

s - at first an almost skunky odor, which fades quickly and is replaced by lots of grapefruit and orange, some herbs, not a ton else (but hey, I've got allergies so, you know)

t - lots of everything. kind of like a slightly lesser version of Southern Tier Hoppe with a bunch of fruity citrus flavors, a huge dose of malty sweetness, and a lot of bitterness that's maybe a little more herbal and a little less piney than I usually drink. there's also some kind of weird malt flavor accompanying it that I guess I'd call bready.

m - carbonation isn't too heavy, and makes for a satisfying mouthful

d - I've had other IPAs and DIPAs with this kind of flavor, and there's something that doesn't quite work for me. Part of it's the more herbal hop character, part of it's the higher sugar content interacting with the herb flavors, and part of it's that weird malt flavor I described. Worth trying, but I won't buy another bottle.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy-ish deep amber with a tan head. In the nose nothing but grapefruity, citrus hops. It taste of hops as well. Hoppy and bitter, starting sweet to a bitter dry end. Smooth though, but it has a dry bitter aftertaste. Big hops, smooth and a great IPA.

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

Golden brown brew with a big frothy off-white head and solid lacing. Smells of sweet pine, you know there are some hops coming, very pleasant. At first this stuff came on kind of strong with more of that pine/hops that was evident in the aroma, and then I detected a touch of something I would describe as metallic. Not as pleasing as the smelling experience. But as it warmed it did mellow considerably. There is some dry charcoal at the front and it finishes with good bitterness. Carbonation is light but adequate and the 7% alcohol is reasonably evident. At room temperature it brings out some carmel highlights that provide more of that blended IPA feel that I prefer. Another nice job by Anderson Valley.

Update on (7/16/08): Cloudy iced tea color with big off-white head and gobs of lacing. The aroma is a beautiful malt and pine hops blend, sweet and bready mild. The taste is a medium bodied malty mix of sweet pine hops and dry grass. Easy enough to drink, tastey with a touch of charcoal in the back. Solid. Touches of melon and even some muted grapefruit. No metalic things this time round, still an excellent brew as noted earlier!

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful amber color to the ottin. It was an excellent tasting beer as it was hoppy yet really smooth. The mouthfeel was a elegant softness as it slid along the lower portion of the mouth down the slide of the throat. Definitely a beer I will have another of.

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

Poured a deep reddish amber with a thick off-white head leaving plenty of lacing. The nose was dominated by big, floral hops. The nose definitely previewed the taste, which was also hops, hops, hops. Big, bitter hops at the start and at the finish -- hugely bitter tastes lingered afterward. Some fruity malt presence but not as much as I typically look for. Not as balanced as some others, like Stone and Mojo. Mouthfeel was carbonated and oily. Drinkability was decent, but I typically look for an IPA with just a little more balance. But that's just me. This beer is a hophead's dream.

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

ipa ipa ipa... a grreat example of the style... perfect mix between the modern american ipa and the old school english style... beautiful nose - very floral - great taste with a little bitterness... more than your average american... long time fan i am... go go mendecino

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

22 oz. bomber

A: Gold-amber, with off-white head, great lacing.

S: Floral American hops, with a good amount of malt considering the style.

T: Oustanding, citrus grapefruit jumps onto the palate, with delightful biscuit toasty malt coming up the rear. A hophead's delight.

M: Creamy, pretty good for a IPA, a tad thin, but I can deal with that. Carbonation is pretty low.

D: Oustanding, a dangerously drinkable IPA, an excellent choice from Anderson Valley, and not that expensive to boot.

Photo of enfield249
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown, little head when poured.

S - Citrus, bittering hops, slight malty scent.

T - Dark fruit. Very bitter, and it lingers for a while.

M - Full bodied, verging on too thick, but it rides the edge nicely.

D - Very drinkable. I could enjoy several of these on a weekly basis.

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

On tap at the AVBC taproom.

Pours a rich deep yellow with a small white head.

The aroma is of intense citrus fruits and sappy pine resin.

The flavor of the beer has an assertive hop character that's both resiny and citrusy (grapefruit). The maltiness of the beer was lightly sweet and biscuity.

The mouthfeel was light, which aids to the drinkability of this great beer. The carbonation was tight and dialed in.

This beer is a very solid IPA and a great go-to beer. This was also the first big American IPA I had about 12 years ago. I'm thankful to AV for beefing up the style from the English IPAs it was originally modeled after. Historically, this beer helped define the American IPA style.

Photo of tommy78
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper colour with some head. The head settled after a while, but the copper remained.

Smell - Very floral. At times, I could pick up some pine as well. It certainly had an organic aroma to the beer.

Taste - At first, it was light on the palate. I could taste a tinge of honey in the mix. Quickly, it became very hoppy on the follow-through.

Mouthfeel - Medium amount of carbination.

Drinkability - I could easily have 2 or 3 in one sitting. It is good to have with chicken panini, which my wife said went well with the beer.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,756 ratings.