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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,480 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,480
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 98
Gots: 146 | 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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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer on tap (than you Redbones) and now in the bottle. A very consistent beer across both. It pours great, one of the better heads I’ve seen recently. The smell is a nice balance of citrus and hops. I like a bee to walk up and slap me, and this delivers. It has a good sharp bite when first sipped that sticks with you. The hop bite stays around for a while, so this is a beer that you can enjoy for a long time. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 00:01:42 | More by carln26
Photo of meathookjones


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

I have been on a hop frenzy as of late and with a name like Hop Ottin IPA I couldn’t pass this one up even with a sixer of Smutty Nose IPA in hand. What the hell is up with the bear with the antlers? This one comes out a nice amber orange color with a tremendous off white head that comes billowing out the glass is you are too careless. The giant pillow of a head eventually falls to a quarter inch head that stays with you thru the consumption of the beer and leaves and excellent coating lacing all around the glass that seems to cling of indefinitely. Hell there is even the head in the bottom of the glass after the beer is gone and I drank it fairly slow. Aroma is full of citrus hops kicking about and a bit of a sweet malt balancing out all the hop ottin going on in the nose. Up front in the taste is the sweet caramel flavor of malt before the grapefruit and orange citrus hop flavors come through. These hops defiantly dominate after showing up on the palette and don’t relent until minutes after you’ve swallowed. A nice dry bitter after taste is present that is a bit citrus in nature. Excellent mouthfeel with a creamy coating flavor and good carbonation. This is defiantly a sessionable beer as I could easily sit and drink the 6 I have and want more afterwards. Very good IPA that I recommend to all and especially the hopheads, maybe I will figure out the antler bear after a few more.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 20:05:07 | More by meathookjones
Photo of 99bottles


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

Appearance: Served in a pint glass with an inch and half of yellowish-off white head and a rich amber colored body.

Smell: Ahhh. A very prim and proper american IPA with loads of pine and citric "juice" from the hops. Not overdone, but obviously more accentuated than the malts.

Taste: This is just one solid IPA. It has a lot of sweet hop flavor with exceptional citrus notes of orange and grapefuit. There is some nice pine in the finish that tastes of freshly cut hops. The malt is rich and sweet, yet finishes dryly with a biscuit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nicely balanced, this offers a great blend of body and viscosity with enough lightness to quaff it endlessly.

Drinkability: This is a true session beer, not overloaded with palette crushing bitterness, but not fizzy and weak either. Absolutely great for drinking, but not the "best" IPA I've had either. A nice one to try, and maybe buy a case of.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2004 21:15:58 | More by 99bottles
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Anam Cara:

Appearance: This beer came out a nice clear copper without any haze. A fluffly lacy head appears and sticks to the glass briefly.

Smell: Hints of caramel and strong hop aromas, also some biscuit and breadlike smells hit the nose. also some wet grass notes and slight spices. Smells yummy.

Taste: Upfront tones of good malt character. Bread, biscuit, and caramel smack the pallate. This beer finishes with a nice bitter hop flavor and a final dryness which goes quite well.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a nice body, and carbonation is just right. A well balanced beer that combines hops and malts quite well.

Drinkability: This is a nice IPA which goes down nicely. The 7% ABV is unnoticeable due to the nice combination of hops and malts.

Overall a nice IPA that isn't too powerful, but is perfectly balanced..

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2004 22:30:55 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought home a 12 oz. bottle from my recent trip to Seattle. Attractive label doesn't provide much in the way of real information, but the text in the back implies that honey is an ingredient. No freshness info.

Pours a cloudy light orange under a 1.5 finger tan head with good body, nice sticky lace and good staying power. The nose is fiarly mild and floral - all hops. The mouth is very prickly and quite heavy or thick. The taste is one dimensional - strong espresso bitter from the beginning, dry and almost harsh. There's a touch of floral sweetness, but it is much too weak to provide a counter to the almost choking harshness. This brew is too sharp, unpolished, unbalanced. The aftertaste is long, but too bitter, rather like chewing on coffee grinds. There are much better.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 03:12:37 | More by Globetrotter
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, apricot colored body with a large, fluffy, ivory colored head that hangs around forever. Lots of patch lacing is left around the glass.

Aroma is all hops, all the time. Lemon, lemonrind, orange, grapefruit, pine, and honeysuckle serve up a major bouquet of fruity and floral hops, with a touch of bitter pine.

Mouthfeel is grabbing, as hop resins coat the entire mouth. Medium bodied, and carbonation is medium to high.

Mostly hops in the taste, as well. Grapefruit and orange zest bitterness here, with a hint of sweet caramel malt on the undercard. The hops take over completely midway through, and this finishes bitter and dry, with a grapefruit rind aftertaste.

The drinkability is just fine, as the 7% abv gets buried in all the hops. Definitely an IPA for hop lovers.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2004 11:20:19 | More by merlin48
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pastoral, colorful purple landscaped label with BA brownie points for the secret write-up on the side that says “brewed with the finest hops, malted barley, hops, yeast, hops, and pristine Boonville mineral water. And hops” but the label is lacking any freshness info.

Super cloudy all orange hazy pour with bushy foamy head that descends to a scant beige coating, turning into slight lacework to the sides. Little flakes are suspended in this brew.

Stand up scents of ever present fruity hops and yeast. A sweet floral bouquet of hoppy & piney resins pervade.

Robust fruity mix of grapefruit slices, citrusy lemons, and some caramel malts to balance out somewhat, but not too much, of the hop til ya drop hoppiness. No real depth in the flavor department, but some nice acidic tongue sizzle.

Last swigs: A good one dimensional IPA. Missing some flavor complexity, but decent. Maybe this Mendocino CA brew is attempting to compete with Stone IPA, but Hop Ottin is a competitor on the heels, and at 7% no slouch. Reminds me of Stone IPA somewhat,but more candy in the flavor.

Beer is good. Happy IPA beering.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 03:52:28 | More by blitheringidiot
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2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours the typical medium amber orange with a fairly large white head that leave some lacing.

Hop nose is understated for an IPA and sweet malt is apparent. A faint spicy scent as well.

Taste is bitter from the onset, hops are again understated. An unpleasant sourness is present, but fleeting. Bitterness hangs on well after this one passes the gullett.

It has a stingin, biting mouthfeel and fairly light.

I'll pass on this for a better IPA. This might be a good starter IPA for those who aren't ready for a hop-o-rific beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 00:13:02 | More by budsboy
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Hop Ottin' pours a hazy golden-orange with a large, frothy white head that has good retention and lacing.

The aroma is appealing floral hops with some subtle, almost caramel sweetness.

The taste is some slightly sweet caramel malts initially, and then bang! come the bitter hops. It follows with a strong, bitter, lingering aftertaste. It's medium bodied and the bitterness coats your mouth.

Overall, a decent IPA. I thought it could have used more balance. I tend to prefer IPAs with more citrus tones and less of a bitter aftertaste. This was much more bitter in the bottle than I remember from drinking it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 06:22:34 | More by Beaver13
Photo of tavernjef


4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap: at Papago's Scottsdale, AZ - Color is semi clear, dark goldish bronze color with a thin off-white cap, lacing in thin webby stings. Aroma is quite fruity and floral with hops, mildly so, determined yet subtle with malty fruitiness closing in on some melon and apple. Taste is fruity with apply notions and pear, floral herbs much like a tea are fairly dominant. Bittering is in check by alot due to the overwhelming amount of sweetness that actually isn't overwhelming. This has a unique balance, but the flavors stay fruity throughout. Feel is a solid medium body, creamy and smooth and lightly crisp with just the right amount of bite. Yummifingly drinkable stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2004 01:41:06 | More by tavernjef
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New York

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

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a complex array of malt scents, but it mostly brags of pleasant floral hops. The taste is good. It has a very bitter flavor overlaying a malty core. It has a piney taste and a bitter aftertaste; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine IPA. It is a bit more bitter than some, but it has a nice malt character; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2004 02:06:37 | More by WesWes
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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a hazy, cloudy glowing orange-caramel, forming a large sticky, soapy dark beige head with excellent retention and wonderfully sticky lacing. Aroma is ripe with wonderful piney and citric hops, with a distinctly juicy amarillo twang, caramel cookies, and a large malt body. Carbonation is medium. Mouthfeel is soft with a medium body and hop astringent finish. Taste is great...Begins with the mentioned green, oily, leafy and juicy amarillo hops, but it's not overwhelming, balanced by a toasty and substantial amber and pale malt body with caramel overtones. The bitterness is medium with a pleasant toasty malt and juicy hop dryness and sustained hop notes. There is a touch of raw clover honey, herbal spiciness and a touch of skunky marijuanna that might distinguish it from other IPA's, but this is one of the top 10 IPA's out there as far as I'm concerned. Alcohol is imperceptable, no off flavors. Finish is spicy and dry.

Wonderfully done...rich and full with hop flavor, yet never abrasive. This is a nice balance between a Midwest IPA and a West-Coast IPA. Full of flavor and satisfying...I think this is great stuff...probably the best I've had from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2004 21:27:31 | More by Mitchster
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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this fine ale into my pint glass. A bright but yet hazy gold/amber color. A tight light brown head lasted the whole way through. The aroma and taste was very nicely balanced with medium bodied malt and lots of great hops. The hop aroma was mostly piney and grassy with some citrus to it also. The carbonation was ideal with dense, fine bubbles and a smooth feel. Overall it has a wonderful balanced flavor without being overly aggressive, and is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 02:50:06 | More by yeagerbm
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. No dates.

Full amber colour, chill haze. Topped by a very thin off white head. A swirl of the glass leaves some spotty lace behind.

A slightly floral nose, with intense notes of grapefruit & pine.

Plenty of sweet malt, with some decent fruit. But in the end its all about the hops. Great pine & grapefruit hop flavours, lead to a dry finish. Full bodied & quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2004 17:26:51 | More by xgrigorix
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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper with a medium sized off white head. Left good lacing.
Really fresh floral/citrus hop smells that was picked up well before the glass got close to the nose. Very aromatic. Sweet malt and tropical fruits were also present.
Nice balance of great flavors. Sweet malt, caramel and fruit countered by a refreshing citrus hop bitterness that lingered nicely.
Slightly floral in the finish. Good stuff!
Medium bodied with a smooth, slightly creamy, tongue tingling mouthfeel.
Excellent drinkability. Great taste, great balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 00:39:43 | More by rkhaze
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber in color. Nice big off~white head with superior lacing.

S: Floral hop aroma through and through. No sublety, no hidden smells, just hops. Aroma is very nice, no real grapefruit smell, just a floral hoppy smell. Incredible.

T: HOPS!!! Initially a powerful hop bitterness which quickly fades into a sweet hoppy flavor that I'm growing more fond of day by day. I don't know what particular variety of hops they use, but they use it oh so well.

M: Sharp, medium bodied. Nice and dry on the palate. CO2 and ETOH are damn near perfect.

D&N: All hail the American IPA. If you haven't tried this one yet, what the heck are you waiting for?!?

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2004 17:03:43 | More by JackTheRipper
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-cloudy light orange with a generous off-white head. Fantastic lace.

Rich floral hops assault the nose with great intensity. There is a mild malt presence that is understated and secondary. This is one hoppy beer.

This is one of the hoppiest beers I have ever tasted. This is assertively hopped to the point of overwhelming the malt. While it's not as balanced as I would like, it's still very good. This is not for everyone, but it is certainly a unique beer drinking experience.

Thin in the mouth. The bitterness is the most prominent aspect of the experience. It starts and finishes the same way--hoptastic.

This is a good beer that may be a little too one dimensional for some. A little more malt would have given this beer higher marks from me.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2004 14:51:28 | More by filabrazilia
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was not expecting such a good ipa when I opened this bottle. I have yet to find an ipa with such a strong hop precense yet be backed up with a good dose of maltiness. This beer had a clear orange color to it with a luxurious creamy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is of a fruity hoppiness, mostly grapefruit but also some sweeter fruits as well. The taste is strong on the hop flavor, esp. up front. Grapefruitness provides a lip smacking bitterness. Floral hops are strong as well and a sweeter element also takes place. Honey maltlike sweetness comes in the middle. I notice some nuttiness in the base. The honey and nut flavor never comes to the fore front but provides a nice mixture with the floral hoppy flavors. The finish has a definite alcohol tone to it combined with the hops and it leaves a dry, spicy finish. The finish lingers. Body is medium thick. I could drink this beer all night.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 13:48:13 | More by granger10
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a beautiful rich amber color with good carbonation and a nice foamy head. Smell is reminisicent of mandarin oranges, definitely a fruity bouquet. This beer offers a full mouthfeel and makes its prescence known with a residual sweetness. Taste a complex creation of caramal malts and hops with a balanced sweetness and controlled bitterness. This beer had me thinking of an amber ale in style with some distinct hop character. Not a typical american IPA in my opinion as it reminded me of some very good English ales. A thoroughly enjoyable beer that offers strong prescence and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 01:13:34 | More by sublimesipping
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4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you"
-The Stranger, "The Big Lebowski"

12 oz bottle served lightly chilled in a pint glass. Little blurb on the inside of the bottlecap read, appropriately, "Step up to Hop Ottin'"

Appearance: Clear dark orange with hints of brown topped by a yellowish thick white head. A solid cap of foam was retained and left big ol' specks and blobs of lacing appropriate to the style.

Smell: Intensely hoppy nose composed of grapefruit, pinesap, orange rind, and some subtle spices. Kiss of honeyed sweetness. Smell's like Randall the Enamel Animal's armpit.

Taste: Pow! A full frontal assault of Pac-NW hops. It's all rooty-tooty-fresh-fruity-and-sprucy for me! Again, it's like a Randallized beer, but w/o Randall. Very bitter, but with a surprisingly strong malt backbone (not a full-fledged skeleton, though). Peppery aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: This is burly and rough on the mouth. Tastes like burning! Hoppy aftertastes and burps aplenty.

Drinkability: Liquid crack for hopheads. The dry hopping is very evident in this beer. If steroidally enhanced IPA's are your bag, say hello to your new set of luggage. Fully enjoyable, though I think I prefer Hop Devil pricewise. Not quite a session beer, but dang close.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 23:19:51 | More by ManekiNeko
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle, the Hop Ottin pours an opaque copper color, with a clumpy lumpy thick white head that very slowly sinks into the glass like a melting iceberg. Aroma is fairly fruity and just a bit spicy, not overly bold. Taste is quite bitter with strong piney hop flavor at first then giving way to some big grapefruit and orange flavors. Lots of biscuity maly flavor is there to help balance it out as well. I'd describe the body as medium heavy for an IPA, mouthfeel is comfortably smooth with a little bitter bite at the end. Pretty tasty IPA overall, not a monster but no mouse either.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2004 23:09:36 | More by mikeys01
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4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a glass, this is deep amber with a nice little frothy head. When I put the beak near it's as if I'm face down in a field of columbus hops. I don't want to stop sniffing, but I guess at some point I need to taste. Once in the mouth this isn't quite as hoppy as the nose would indicate, but it is damn tasty. There is a subtle malt sweetness & a bit of alcohol (it is 7% abv), but mostly just good old columbus. Beautifully bitter & and absolutely a top tier IPA in my book. Big fan, Big fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 16:40:42 | More by garthwaite


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

Pours a nice 1 inch head with a good lacing down the glass as the beer is drank. Nice orange color to the beer, with a moderate level of carbonation. The bottle had a lot to say about hops in this beer, and it delivers with an immediate floral, hoppy bitter kick. YOu can taste the honey-soaked malts in there in the middle, giving way to the hops in the end. sort of a bitter, sweet, bittersweet coalescence. This is a great interesting, intense, hoppy IPA. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 16:12:02 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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New Jersey

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

A top-notch IPA. Poured with a nice amber color with not too much of a head. Sipped over a long period and it had a lace which stayed throughout. It had an appropriate hoppy smell and a powerful Cascade(I believe) taste, but not overpowering. Enough of a malt taste to keep the hops within balance. Very drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 01:48:49 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first bottle that I poured of Hop Ottin' went all over my kitchen counter. I wasn't expecting the carbonation. The second I poured a little easier and ended up with a large white, foamy head with the usual lacing of a good hoppy IPA.

The aroma is almost completely one of hops with some hints of spices that seemed to be coriander-like. The taste was just what I had hoped for: a true hop wonderland. The hops overwhelmed just about every other taste. Although, there was a little nuttiness to the beer and maybe some fruit like dates or currants.

This felt great in the mouth, very peppery and crisp. A real drinkable American IPA that deserves everything good that I had heard about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 23:04:40 | More by rdrummer
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,480 ratings.