Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's for $1.39. I'm surprised at how long it's been since I had this. This was the first IPA I ever tried, and it was love at first taste. No freshness date on the bottle. "Brewed from only the finest hops, malted barley, hops, yeast, hops, and pristine Booneville mineral water. And hops."
Poured a cloudy but still transparent copper amber color. Big, creamy white head; took some time to subside and left lots of lace sticking to the sides. Glorious.
Smells glorious too. Lots of hoppiness on display here. Oily, piney hops. Citrusy hops. Herbal hops. It's all here.
Big, sharp hoppy blast on initial taste, followed by more subtle hoppiness. This is accompanied by an extremely meek maltiness. This maltiness has it's head in it's hands and is rocking backwards and forwards while sobbing, "I'll be good daddy. Please don't hurt me." As it warms up, the malts get a little braver, exhibiting a caramel sweetness, but they are still in fear of their lives, and hang back accordingly. At the swallow, there's a big dryness that can be felt long afterwards. Great stuff.
Mouthfeel is correct for the style. Medium bodied, with lots of carbonation.
This is a very tasty IPA, and I'm very happy to make it's acquaintance once again. I'll try not to go so long without another one. While not a true hop bomb, this is definitely one of the more hoppy bottled examples out there. This is not for the Bud drinker who's suddenly adverturous - they'll need to work up to this one, at least mentally. A hophead should be fine with this one, and not feel like they're slumming. Some day I'd love to try this on-tap or, dare I say it, cask. Yum!
09-01-2005 19:19:02 | More by woemad
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
i haven't spent anytime reviewing the classics here on BA. this is a classic, if there ever was one. this is one of the best IPA's i've had the pleasure of consuming. The fact that an Indian owned liqor store carries this fresh for 6.99 a sixer less than a block and a half from house makes me realize that there are many worse beer locations to live in than Sacramento, despite it's lack of a beer bar of any sort.
appearance: ok so it's not exactly pale. it's more of a light amber...between a standard pale ale and a typical amber. The head won't quit on this one and lacing is amazing. just absolutly top notch.
smell: when you just sit and smell for 2 minutes without even taking a sip you know it's a great beer. just an awsome hop smell with the malts chilling in the backround. Anderson valley keeps the hop bill a secret...but i noticed a strong similarity to Scape goat pale in the aroma. They list their hops as Kent Goldings and Crystal....so take my sherlock homes work at face value. I think i've figured out that i'm not the biggest cascade fan and to me this is one of the best smelling ipa's.
Taste: really, really, really balanced. West Coast balanced at 2:1 hops to malts ratio.This isn't overly hoped or bitter by any means. Nice carmaly malts hit up front. Then over the next 10 seconds a strong bitter aftertaste puckers you right up, as if you bit a lemon. (bitter beer face!) Then you want to take another sip. I don't think i'd call this one overly complex...but you taste mulitple layers of hops...2 or mabey three different kinds. but again you don't need to think to much. If it has a fault, it's being too balanced towards the malts....i would like it just a notch more hoppy.
mouthfeel: pretty solid. not watery like some ipa's
drinkability: well when a beer taste's this good i can drink it all nite. but this is a medium paced beer...not a slow sipper but not a pounder or anything.
thoughts: in my mind this beer and Stone IPA should bare knuckle fight it out for California king of IPA's. An IPA shouldn't be gimmickly, it shouldn't be underhoped. Half the Ipa's i try are bullshit...slap the ipa label on with no consept of style. This beer only breaks the mold by being slightly too amber, but really who cares? It's a classic Ipa through and through. While breweries like Russian River and Moonlight(and every other brewery) bust out with triple ipa's....it's nice to have a beer to drink that won't destroy your palete for 3 days. This is one of the best beers to grace the earth.
08-30-2005 03:48:04 | More by pjwilson
4.47/5 rDev +11.8%
Second IPA in a row. Again, gotta love the beer store where I buy these from, let me build a sample pack, and that lets me try different tastes, and different beers. Trouble is, I find so many good beers that I want to have again, that means less of the samplers as I buy some of the beers I've tried. I've resisted thus far, but Brooklyn Chocolate Stout was too much, and I've bought more. So, anyway, here's another IPA....
Amber as I'd expect, head small with good lacing that diminshed, smelled like an average pale. The mouth was different that the last ipa, little more foamy, little more body, a little more hoppy, and a slight licorace finish. Well, I was ready...
Taste was top notch, even better than the Centennial I just rated. It was a pale, but had the extra note of hops, but that's where the similarities ended. Perhaps it was in the strain of hops used, but this one seemed like an excellent pale with a seperate flavor that enhanced the beer. The grapefruit and the alcohol blended nice, but there was something extra, the bitterness was spot on, but the licorace note, that little something extra, makes this top notch.
You know, what I said in my last review does not apply. I'd love to have this fresh from the source. It's the best IPA I've had to date. I will buy this again.
08-29-2005 04:18:40 | More by Ricochet
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
Pours an orange with some slight haze. Big creamy white head holds strong over the top of the beer, and leaves thick chunks of lace on the glass.
Huge piney aroma comes from the top of this beer carried along with a floral honey sweet aroma underneath, but the pine resin is strong and good.
Take a sip and experience a pretty firm malt background consisting of caramel grain, and honey. The malts however, are no match whatsoever for a good long hard smack with the sizable hop bitterness. While enduring the bitterness pine and grapefruit work their way across the palate and into the nose again. Finishes dry and crisp with more pine all the way down. Alcohol does not warm, but it's presence is felt a tiny bit later.
Medium to full bodied, just how I like, with a light carbonation that isn't fizzy at all.
I would buy this again for sure, a very solid IPA for only 6.99 a Six pack at Trader Joes. Glad I finally tried it!
08-26-2005 15:02:41 | More by beersarang
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours a brilliant amber-orange color with a full half-inch head. There is highly visible bubble activity through out the glass. Also, an impressive lacing. The aroma is dominated by an initial rush of hops right off the bat. This is followed by a noted citrus and floral smell. The taste is crisp and sharp. Hops again are pre-eminent, followed by a citrusy presence. Quite a bitter aftertaste. Really a likeable quaff. Hop Ottin is relatively full in the mouth, and well carbonated. The strong taste and pleasantly bitter kick remain present for quite a while. Overall this is a highly flavorful and impressive I.P.A. Its hoppy bite makes it somewhat of a sipper. Eminently enjoyable.
08-22-2005 21:36:28 | More by macpapi
4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a deep reddish copper with a finger of loose head that quickly fades away. Spotty lacing on the glass. Smell is a great strong dose of hops -- juicy grapefruit dominating with a resinous pine scent coming through as well. Taste starts off with a sweet caramel malt which is quickly overrun by piney/floral hops and finishing with a strong lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Very nice flavorful hops presence without an overwhelming bitterness. Medium bodied with a slightly oily coating mouthfeel. Overall this is a really easy drinking IPA, something I could easily drink in a session, and really hides the 7% alcohol suberbly.
08-16-2005 22:28:47 | More by cubedbee
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
I sell the hell out of this IPA and I figured I'd give it a whirl.
The aroma is nice and sharp with a good amout of hops bite.
The pour gives you a good red-amber color with an everpresent lace-like head,
The taste is sweeter han I expected with a good hop blend. The hops feel good and dry with a smooth body. Ultimately, This is one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Pick it up if you like strong hops.
08-15-2005 03:21:04 | More by murrayswine
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
12 oz bottle.
Pours a deep copper color with about 1/2" to 3/4" head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a nice wispy lacing on the glass.
Smell: Hops dominate the aroma, loads of pine and grapefruit.
Taste: Lots for grapefruit flavor in this IPA, as the hops dominate. Mildy sweet, malty beginning but finishes with a nice, hoppy bitterness that leaves the mouth a bit dry.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium mouthfeel. Not oily or slick, but neither chewy or thick.
Overall, this one fine IPA. I could drink this all day. Very refreshing and the 7% abv is well hidden. Hop Ottin is very underated in my opinion and is well worth seeking and enjoying. Would make a great a session IPA and one that will always have room in my fridge.
08-14-2005 21:09:31 | More by SwillBilly
4/5 rDev 0%
Pours reddish copper with a big off-white frothy cap of a head. Smells of floral and citric hops mixed with banana and fruity esters and a sort of biscuity malt aroma. The first flavor sensation is bitter piney hops mingling with some grapefruit and a nice spicy quality. Very hop forward with just enough malty sweetness to attempt a semblance of balance. Medium to full body, some carbonation tickle. Seems to be your run of the mill IPA. I am a true hophead but this leaves me a little wanting in the complexity department. Style points for all those hops.
08-06-2005 22:25:44 | More by gimmehead
4/5 rDev 0%
12 FL. OZ.
7 % ALC. BY VOL.
Appearance light orange with a touch of brown for the body; head is about a thumb thick at pour with not the best life; lace is acceptable
Smell predominant grapefruit rind with a touch of caramel; solid for an IPA but not 90 Minute solid; Id give it a 4.25 if available
Taste aggressive hops; an underlying caramel tone is at times unwrangled, especially midway; big grapefruit rind aftertaste coats the top of the mouth just as I like in an IPA
Mouthfeel one sample had a great moderate feel with a slight rise in the middle while a second felt a touch too crisp; dry at close
Drinkability nothing about any component drags down the experience appreciably but its not remarkable
I have 4 left of a sixpack in the fridge. If theres a chance there will be a return to Hop Ottin but I have a good group set above it in the land of IPA.
08-01-2005 22:59:59 | More by Wonka
4.6/5 rDev +15%
I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. Can't find a date on the bottle anywhere.
Pours a pretty hazy dark orange with a tight, one finger head of cream colored foam. Head drops to 1/8" and sticks right there. You can count every sip on the way down. Great!
Fantastic smells of old grapefruit and orange peels, over ripe lemons, newly mown grass, toffee apples, brown sugar, and alcohol. Estery as hell. Can't wait to dig into this!
The very first flavor is caramel malts, but that's quickly blown away by a huge blast of hop bitterness, and then over ripe citrus peels and other flowery type hops. Strong toffee and caramel fight their way back to the fore, but the aftertaste is definitely floral/citrusy hops, with a dash of heat from alcohol thrown in for good measure. Really good example of style!
Mouthfeel is creamy sweetness, decent zing from carbonation and bittering. Finish is actually more crisp than you might think. Great burps!
As an American IPA, this has to be tough to beat. It has it all. Hops, malt, hops, alcohol, and hops! Drive far for this one!!
08-01-2005 18:11:15 | More by jakester
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
Poured a hazy orange with alot on carbonation. A one-finger head, with ton's of lacing through out the glass. Scents of plenty of hop's present. A nice sweet taste with a nice bite at the end. Light-Medium body. A great session brew at 7%, but watch out, LOL I will be buying more of this for sure.
07-31-2005 18:39:50 | More by Wasatch
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
reddish orange beer with minimal carbonation and a slight surface coat of random bubbles and microscopically thin foam. bright. gives off a perfumed bouquet of hops. taste reeks of hoppy pale ale, pushing malt and sweetness to the background. welcome hint of bitterness in the finish but overall light. mildly chalky but evoking berries in the end.. you're left with a fruity zing. decent and enjoyable.
07-25-2005 15:55:41 | More by goodbyeohio
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: Beautiful orange-hued, amber body with a head that looked like it came off a bad ass vanilla malt. Intense lacing left all over the glass.
Smell: There was some serious dry hopping on this one. The piney, citrusy notes kick you right in the grill.
Taste: The bitterness takes a second to kick in with this. Although compared to other regular IPAs, this one has some bite that will ward off the weary.
Mouthfeel: The body may be a little thin. I would have liked a little more malt to come through. Still, a lot going on in the mouth.
Drinkability: An amazingly awesome IPA that can sure kick your ass in a hurry if you don't respect its power. I am betting that a fresh bottle of this off the line or on tap would be on the verge of amazing. Tough to go wrong with this one!
07-21-2005 22:13:22 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
Pours a copper orange colour, with a soapy white head. Fruity and floral aroma, very well controlled. Extremely well balanced IPA. Lots of hop flavours, piney, citrusy, bitter, dry and very delicious. Good malt base. Full bodied, smooth and very drinkable. Not overly hopped like other IPAs in Cali. Just an extremely well done ale.
07-17-2005 08:08:13 | More by baiser
4.08/5 rDev +2%
Nice bronze color with a off whit head. Minimal carbonation bubbles that make this beer look kind of dead is the only knock i can give it. Great hops floral/cirtrus smell. Nice bitterness bite to the taste. A nice IPA - certainly good but tough to compete with all of the great ones available. Would certainly drink again but not sure it will make the cut when i'm comparing it to others and deciding which one to purchase.
07-16-2005 14:59:30 | More by beermanbrian
4/5 rDev 0%
Pours a dark orange color with a solid off-white head with good retention. Nice citrusy, grapefruit aroma. Plenty of hop bitterness in the taste. Lots of bite, the hops really cut thru this brew, as they should with any IPA. Not too rough on the palate and definitely hides the 7% ABV very well. A very good IPA that went well with some BBQ on July 4th and I will definitely be purchasing this again.
07-07-2005 03:47:11 | More by Jacobob10
3.63/5 rDev -9.3%
Purchased a deuce of the Hop Ottin' to celebrate the fact that Pedro is pitching today.
App: I could not possibly ask for any more or any less. Right on target. Thick, off-white head. Lingers and then fades to lacing.
Smell: Combo of sweet malts and heavy hops. Thick smelling. Hops are of the citrus school of bitterness.
Taste: Deep grapefruit bitterness. No citrus sourness, just the bitter part. Hops give way to thick, dark chocolate bitter-sweet. Aftertaste is all dull grapefruit. The entire taste is dull; there is no sharp flash of citrus or sourness at all.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Thick, chalky mouthfeel. It actually feels like you just ate a grapefruit. Drinkability suffers due to the fact that after a few you would not be able to taste anything ever again.
06-30-2005 19:44:27 | More by thinkbreakfast
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
This is a good beer...Highlights:
Smell !! The smell is ultra hops. Its like your right there at the brewery. Glorious. This beer gets right to the point with the taste and blasts the tastebuds then finishes bitter and lasting. The slightest knock I could give it is the mouthfeel was more towards the average american IPA. Fine with me.
I'd buy this beer again and again. Not that pricey either...another bonus.
06-24-2005 04:49:32 | More by DogFood11
4.6/5 rDev +15%
That looks nice; a bright tangerine which reluctantly yeilds a large, thick beer meringue that holds so well it could give the WONDERbra a run for...
Smells like reduced citrus juice over lemon scone drizzled with orange blossom honey whipped with a pine stick.
Real good lemon bite rolls over grapefruit skins; grapefruit filled with lemon-cranberry curd. Served with toasted honey-wheat wafers. Umm, Kudos on a great IPA that verges on a double.
06-24-2005 01:18:14 | More by gbontrag
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
Hopheads this one might be a daily drinker for you. This warm amber w/ a red hugh beer has a large laceing head to it. The smell of this beer isnt to strong though you can almost taste the fruity hops. The taste isnt overly powering of hops, but starts and it dosnt release that pine till the end. It is there and strong, and it lasts. Orange is present in the middle and finishes with some malt and pine. Be body is thin though full. Thin texture but a full flavor. This is a great every day drinker for hopheads. Wish i could get case loads of this just to have around. Thanks Anderson Valley for leaving me with a great first impression.
06-20-2005 20:04:55 | More by board45
4.97/5 rDev +24.3%
This is a near perfect IPA. The beer looked great with a very nice amber color and great head and lacing. This has to be one of the best smelling IPA's as well. Usually all you can smell is the onslaught of hops but this one was different. The hops were there no doubt, but there was a great underlying carmel and toffee scent, and some fruity scents in there as well.
The flavor was complex as well. Hops were present of course, but they did not drown out the nice carmel malt flavors and the light honey sweetness in the finnish. This is a great beer and the best Anderson Valley product that I have had.
06-19-2005 01:06:12 | More by Dmann
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
Bomber bottle, w/o Freshness dating included. Pours a rich shade of coppery, amber, almost red and shimmering. Tan head sticking around, leaves loads of lace and sheeting. Nose is the expected resinious hop load. Fine, fine stuff. Loads of oily, citric, herbal hops, smoothest of mouthfeels, well rounded and lovely. My favorite from AVBC. Seek out and enjoy this tasty creation. Hop heads rejoice.
06-17-2005 02:18:34 | More by Billolick
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
Pours clearer and darker than I expected. Golden amber hues fill my glass, topped with a sticky white head. Caramel, clean citrous, and some alcohol arrive at my nostrils and are interpreted as goodness. Pleasant bitter citrous pricks the tongue while sweet caramel forms a lifevest for your tastebuds. Finish is warming alcohol mixed with bitter hops. Big malts make for a big mouthfeel. Good offering from Anderson Valley. Not the best IPA I've had, but hopheads will enjoy.
06-11-2005 00:55:32 | More by BeerFink
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
I had this on tap the other day. I thought I had this one before, but upon drinking it I was sure that I hadn't. This beer pour a crisp orange to red. The head with substantial and left a thin lacing on the glass. The overall sweetness was the biggest suprise. I have had other Anderson Valley brews, but was suprised at how this one stepped out of stylistic box. As I drank this one, I couldn't help but notice the malts and hops dancing back and forth in my mouth. It was a near perfect balance. What a great IPA!
05-20-2005 21:13:02 | More by Maestro
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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