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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,719 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,719
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 112
Gots: 231 | FT: 0
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 atsprings
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful crisp amber with a great frothy head that left beautiful lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated by earthy hops. The taste was also dominated by both citrus and pine hops with a decent sweet malt backbone. The beer was rather light on the palate and the alcohol was very well hidden. This was a very enjoyable IPA.

atsprings, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of onehomesickalien
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite IPA's! If you are looking for a great beer with a nice edge, I highly recommend the Hop Ottin'

Appearance: Nice copper/golden color with excellent head retention. Lacing is very consistent.

Smell: Hop smell is fairly strong with citrus and floral overtones.

Taste: Bite is strong, but not overwhelming. Perfect blend of malt and hops, not allowing the 7% ABV to override the taste.

Mouthfeel: As good going in as going down.

Drinkability: As stated above, one of my favorite beers. Very few get a 5.0 in any category in my opinion. This one gets it in two.

onehomesickalien, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From NEPA BC Split #1.

Pours a beautiful amber, with a billowing, pillowy beige head. Retains some paper thin head to the last sip, with a lot of sticky lacing. If this were just a bit more clear, this is precisely how an IPA should look.

Big hoppy nose - piney and citrusy and some floral notes. Taste is also hoppy up front, with the pine hops first followed by floral and citrus. Some bitterness starts to take the stage but is quickly checked and balanced by sweet, honey-tasting malt. Very nice and super flavorful. At 7% a big IPA also.

This is an outstanding, top notch IPA. Highly recommended.

number1bum, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, birght copper that seems to have slightly different hues from top to bottom. The one-finger head slowly descends to half the size and remains throughout. Trailing lace, with some broken rings, sticks to glass.

The smell is floral, with citrus and pine. Hints of toffee come through in the background.

The taste is a plethora of hops. Floral, citrusy, piney. Nutty and woody characteristics also emerge, especially in the finish along with a rounding honey sweetness. Hops control, but honey sweetness in the balance gives it more depth, complexity and some balance. It has a long, dry finish.

Chewy, thicker side of medium body. Smooth with a bite. Alcohol mixes with hops to give it a bit of a bite, though the alcohol is well-covered for the abv.

This is a hop-head's delight. Drinking this begs for more. A nice hop profile with a honey sweetness mixed in. It has depth and complexity. Delicious!

jwc215, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of bosco7
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful pale copper color with creamy off-white head.

Huge hop aroma. Spruce and orange juice come to mind.

Flavors include grapefruit rind, slight metalic note, spruce, it's tastefully resinous, caramel, bread, and ends with some alcohol on the tongue. Big bitterness from this IPA; very nice.

Heavier body than most IPAs with a delicate carbonation. Slick mouthfeel from hop oils. Very chunky.

I can (and often do) drink this beer all night. This is a permanent resident in my refrigerator. Classic West Coast IPA.

bosco7, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber thanks to Solomon 420!
Pours a clean toasted orange colour, substancial head that left big bubbles sitting over top all through the sitting. Hops make no effort of hiding. Upfront hop presence offering tones of citruis, well balanced by a strong bready malt base. The alcohol started showed up in the picture fairly soon in, before the beer even warmed too much. Hops impart a good deal of bitterness, seems slightly out of balance actually. The flavour seemed to offer only the malt, becoming overly bready after little time. The hops seemed absent from the taste, while still imparting an almost unpleasant of bitterness to the mouthfeel. Reminded me of some of the better IPA's I've tried, but certainly didn't live up to them...by all regards this was a considerably well made beer, but it just didn't seem to work for me.

biegaman, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date.

Pours with a huge, huge head, it's hard to pour all of it at once. Head is very thick and lingers around for a long time. Smell has a sweet, (maybe raspberry?) scent to it that was very surprising and very nice. Taste is very good, lots of hops and very balanced, and as an added bonus that little bit of fruit comes through on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is maybe a little over carbonated and slightly acidic, but otherwise good. Very drinkable. The more I taste this the more I like it, there's tons of complexity in the taste and that fruit on the aftertaste puts a smile on my hophead face. A definite buy-again beer.

theWrkncacnter, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Gold in color with soft orange hues. Fluffy off white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Citrus juice. Floral. Pine resin. Herbs. Yeast.

T: Tastes of grapefruit are foloowed by soft floral and pine hops that give off a nice bitter bite. Malts kick in to balance this beer out somewhat, but are taken over by a sweet peach wave of flavor. Beer finishes with a fresh baked bread taste and herbal or tea like flavors.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: A hophead's session brew. Plenty of West Coast influence is added to this beer. This beer did'nt blow me away, but it did'nt disappoint either. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear honey amber pour with a lasting head of wheat colored froth w/ moderatre lace and good retention.

Aroma is on the milder side of IPA's, with a clean caramel malt note and fruity citrus and evergreen hops.

Flavor has a bit more bite than the nose, chewy caramel and wholegrain bread malt notes lead to a bitter snap of grapefruit, pine needles, and fruity hops. The pine and citrus flavors match well w/ the solid malt base.

Body is nice and chewy for an IPA, with a smooth and slippery texture providing above average drinkability.

AlexJ, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice, smooth honey-colored look. Thick, foamy head. Quite clear. Thin layer of lace.

Nice aromatic hosp with a swell biscuity malt base. Hops have a first citrus/ester whiff with pine at the end. Very nice; sweet but also bitter.

Nice bitterhop flavor. Quite strong actually. Punishes the front of the tongue. Almost an Imperial IPA, truthfully. Delicious but very STRONG.

Very thick, bubbly and creamy. Fizzy on the tongue. Formidable. It's a delicious beer, but maybe just a bit too strong. Hard to repeat.

williamherbert, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of longarm
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had an IPA at the Anderson Valley brewery (maybe it the Buckhorn Saloon back then) maybe 10 years ago? It could have been this beer, but honestly I can't remember. Still I recall a great afternoon sitting outside downing a pitcher of their malty brew, so I'll just pretend it was this one, since I recently discovered it here on the east coast.

Pours a deep amber with excellent head and long-lasting carbonation. Sticky lacing coats the side of the glass.

Pine and citrus hops galore mix with caramel malty sweetness and raisins for a delightful aromatic contrast typical of great American IPA's.

Very well balanced maltiness with loads of hops. It's not an especially complex beer, but it's so well balanced I have a hard time knocking it. While some IPA's can be a little sticky sweet or overhopped to compensate, this production leaves little to criticize. Very clean finish.

This IPA easily holds its own with any of the great and more well known American IPAs with less fanfare. During one tasting, it provided a great palate scrubbing complement to super spicy sausages. My taste buds are alive!! Once again I owe Garrett Oliver thanks for the advice. Fortunately I have the better part of a case left to enjoy.

longarm, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of markgugs
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz. bomber into a tulip snifter glass, thanks to my buddy Jeepers

A: Pours a rich mahogany shade of burnt siena/orange, with a very luscious, thick off-white head, which immediately begins to leave sticky lacing. Lots of tiny bubbles rise to the surface from what looks to be a semi-cloudy carbonation.

S: Bam! Smells wonderfully balanced, strong NW hop aroma, some definite grapefruit & piney zest coupled with a nice underlying biscuity maltiness.

T/M: Big, and I do mean BIG hoppy bitterness smacks your palate upside the head right from the get-go, and it is goood. But lest you think this guy is one-dimensional, think again. Though the flavoring is far more juniper & pine than the scent, and the maltiness is far more subdued, this is a deliciously refreshing beer. Feels perfectly oily swirling around on the tongue as well.

D: I only knocked this down a peg for the massive hoppiness; it would most likely make ME not want to put back a ton of these in a sitting. But the beer is very good and in a pinch, it wouldn't be hard to do so.

markgugs, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

This beer has a wonderful hazy burnt orange/copper hue with a very generous off white bubbly head. Lace sticks very well throughout entire tasting. I love the smell of this IPA. The most powerful scent to this to me is of flowers. Then follows with the citrus and pine. Very hoppy taste, but not as citrusy as it smells. Definitely more of a pine flavored IPA with a bit of a chewy bread-like background to it. Aftertaste is somewhat nutty. Carbonation remains constant throughout. This beer is quite balanced with an aggressive hop character. Mouthfeel is very chewy with a drying sensation which clearly comes from the powerful hop body. Drinkability is surely there, very good work with this IPA, delicious!

BeerTruth, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear Amber with good head and lacing.

Smell: Piney with some citrus.

Taste: Slight breadiness before a huge astringent bitterness overwhelms. Piney and strong grapefruit flavors take over and dominate.

Mouthfeel: Strong lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: Bordering on a DIPA in more ways than one. I think I will get this again.

Decided to pick this one up on a recent trip to Wiscoland. It is probably the most bitter IPA I've had so far. The bitterness gets quite astringent at first, but slowly becomes less asprin-y and more piney and citrusy. Doesn't seem particularly balanced to me, but that's all right. Hops rule.

Mdog, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of instrumentality
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more available California IPA's I haven't tried, I'm hoping this one will be a refreshing departure from the 85 degree heat that's melted my brain today.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Stone IRS tulip glass, this brew has a light, transparent, goldish color with a ton of fluffy white head that dissolved only slightly, leaving behind a bubbly uneven surface similar to a bubble bath.

The smell is fantastically potent, a mix of pine, grapefruit, and golden raisins.

At the first sip, the flavor is unusual: a mild alcohol burn dominates at first, then fades into a bitter mix of grapefruit and phenol, uncharacteristic of an IPA. The finish is a ghost of honey sweetness. Further sips expand that same faint honey flavor so that it is experienced throughout consumption.

This brew is fairly easy to drink, but it's definitely not what I'd consider one of the better tasting IPA's. Perhaps it's not as fresh as it should be (although there's no noticeable dating on the bottle). I wouldn't turn one down if it were offered to me, but given the choice between this and just about any other IPA, I'd choose another.

instrumentality, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a nice clear amber, decent lacing, aroma was not as fragrant as one would expect for a beer of this style and body, i detected pine and some light nutty bread aromas. flavor was bitter upfront followed by bitter. now, i love bitter but for a 7% beer i thought there would be some malt backbone or sweetness to balance it out but there was none. seems barely medium-bodied. as a result the mouthfeel is very dry, with a black tea astringency. i expected to like this beer being very fond of their amber and esb but was somewhat disappointed.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA has an amber orange color. There are no visible particles in the ale but the haziness is unmistakable. The head has a nice ring that leaves hints of lacing.

S: The ale has a citrusy hop aroma that is matched, strength-wise by a grainy malt base.

T: The ale is a well-balanced brew, allowing the hops and malts to shine in equal parts. The first hop flavors to register are citrusy grapefruit elements, somewhat restrained but nonetheless present. The finish is a hoppy bitterness that lacks a bit of focus. The malts are grainy, thick with chewy sweetness, and match well against the hops.

M: The mouthfeel is enjoyable with a bitter hoppiness that finishes long.

D: The ale is an easy drink, full of strong flavors that make you want another.

akorsak, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of xymyl
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky and dark copper/amber in color with an off white head.

Aroma is caramel and faint hops.

The taste is caramel and mostly bitter hops (not too much in the aroma range at all). The caramel and hops duke it out, caramel wins in the beginning, then the hops jump the caramel while it isn't looking and start driving for a while. Eventually they both aggree to disagree and start holding hands and learning to love each others differences.

This is quite drinkable and medium bodied.

xymyl, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of guitarmage
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber, an off white lacing floats on top. Quite a few bubbles in the glass.

Smell: Hop oils are leafy and pleasant, a faint malt sweetness, a woodsy or pine smell, earthy.

Taste: Hops are the star of the show, mild sweetness balances it out, but the hops hang around the whole time. Piney, bitter and juicy. Finish is dry and puckering, with a light bread flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very nice smooth and medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, creamy and crisp at the same. Very easy.

Drinkability: Great IPA with a nice balance, hops are the highlight, refreshing and easy to drink. Went well with stove top roast beef.

guitarmage, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of Shiloh
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This IPA is a murky burndt orange colour with a full but short tan head leading to a full lace with glass cling.
The aroma is not overpowering, in fact is mild and limited with the peaks going to citrus and a minor in woody to back.
The taste starts briefly to some light malt activity but that is quickly replaced by a grapefruit like citrus that stays to the end and a short lingering presence as well.
The mouthfeel is that of a full bodied beer but dry.
I find that occasionally the high ABV sneaks in with a reminder of the alcohol content of 7% which for me limits its drinkability.

Shiloh, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of jackorain
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark orange and fairly clear. Very tight 3/4 inch head with great retntion and rings of lace down the glass.

S-grassy, spicely hops, some piney hops as well. Doughy malts at first followed by sweet carmel malts. A real nice fairly complex aroma but could be stronger.

T-The malts hit 1st bread and carmel, there is a hint of sweetness before the hops kick in. Piney, grassy and citrus hops push the malts back almost immediately following the initial malts lead. Some malts re-emerge only to be squelched yet again by the long bitter finish. Quite nice

M-hop oils coat pallete. Medium body, nice carbonation

D- easily could fit my definition of a session. IOW-No need to switch during a evening out or at a party.

Overall- a nice hoppy brew that offers some balance with malts that can be consumed easily as a one brew night.

jackorain, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of younger35
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank out of a Weizen glass at a perfect 40 degrees.

Appearance- A very light goldern amber color. Yellow's a bit on the edges. A very small white froth with little or no lacing.
Smell- A very hoppy citrus smell. I get a faint alcohol smell under the hops. This beer actually smells like when I homebrew and open a 1oz package of hops.
Taste- Starts slightly sweet on the front of the tongue. A honey malt note highlights the fruity, citrusy taste of the hops. Slighly bitter from all of these sunny hops. Finishes with slight warming from the alcohol and semi-dry.
Mouthfeel- Small carbonation. Could use a bit more. Has a nice creamy texture that I like.
Drinkability- Overall a pretty decent IPA. Was a bit more bitter than I like. The hops (obviously) are the most dominate figure in this beer. Would drink again.

younger35, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz. brown bottle at home.

A: Impressive creamy head – 2 or 3 fingers deep. Brilliant, clear copper coloring.
S: Soft fruity, pear-like smell. Lots of ale yeast there. Some hint of hops in the nose but predominantly a flowery-like smell.
T: Big, piney hop kick in the beginning, mellowing into a smooth and sweet honey malt flavor, finishing with a smoky, tea-like bitterness, some wood tones, and a small alcohol bite at the end.
M: Smooth, oily slick feel.
D: Fairly easy. The tea flavorings get a little tiring.

Good IPA.

IgnatiusReilly, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of hammer09
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin' IPA poured a deep, clear copper color, looking very drinkable. Carbonation appeared vigorous, but head development was rather dissapointing. Almost a pefect score for appearance.

Aroma exhibited a very nice floral hop bouquet. Light and sweet with a hint of spiciness. This beer smells excellent and is not overpowered by the hops.

Taste is bitter and hoppy. Bitterness lingers on the palate. The taste of this beer is deceptively different from it's hop aroma. I fully expected a measure of sweetness, but couldn't detect any.

Mouthfeel is dry, bitter and well carbonated.

Overall, this is a solid beer from Anderson Valley. However, it is very hoppy and bitter which limits its drinkability. This could be improved if the bitterness was tempered by additional malt or less hops.

hammer09, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful deep, dark orange with a volumous, billowing and retentive head.

Smells of an intense ale yeast and very strong bittering hops. Bitter and spicy chinook, I think, along with a whole bunch of sweetened malts.

Tastes not quite as intense as the smell had led me to believe (dang). Starts off with a burst of high alpha hops, floral and smoky and bitter, and then moves into some intense honey coated malt. It's wonderfully balanced, but not all the complex.

A very nice and excellently crafted beer.

mynie, Feb 02, 2007
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,719 ratings.