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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,595
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 102
Gots: 188 | 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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Photo of DuqTroops
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber/copper color with a medium amount of head on top - none leaves on side of glass (unusual of IPAs)

Smell: strange malt smell, very hoppy. citrus and a little pine smell to it

Taste: still smells the pine and citrus flavors. not the best tasting ipa, but decent enough to get more for later.

Drinkability: hard to find beer, well worth the trip

DuqTroops, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of GimmeAles
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice label with the scenic Anderson Valley in the background. For some whimsy, an Elk-Antlered Bear drinks from a pond in the foreground. No freshness date, but instructions on proper serving temps listed (40-45 F) along with the comment: 'Hope-heads, your dreams have come true!' Pours a slight copperish golden color and forms a nice, silky 1.5 finger head from a gentle pour. Shrinks to a nice 1cm sheet sealing the glass, substantial lacing all the way down - nice!

Smell is complex, floral-citric hops and a faint vanilla malt presence in the background. Lightly sweet malts become more present as it warms.

Taste is of sweet, juicy pineapples up front with some delicate honey-vanilla in the middle but a dry, grapefriut bitterness quickly hits the palate in the finish. Delicious juicy hop flavors all over the place and each sip seems to gently alter the fruity hopmalt balance, though hops in no way lose their dominance. This is a very hoppy beer.

Mouthfeel is not chewy, but not light - a very nice balance tipping towards DIPA territory but remaining very drinkable. Could be a great session beer but for the 7% ABV.

This was heartily recommended by a friend and I can see why. I completely agree with the exclamation on the label!

GimmeAles, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First review was less favorable - maybe I had an off bottle. Pours an orangish color topped by a good two-finger sticky tan head that hangs around for a good long while. Aroma of spicy hops with a touch of pine resin. Flavor is pure hops up front, in all their lupulin-laced glory. A bit of light English malt emerges mid-palate to provide some balance, leading to a strongly bitter, slightly peppery finish. Body is a little thin for all the flavor that's present here. Although this is quite tasty, I have to say, the bitterness and the alcohol make it a bit much to have more than one of in an evening.

ElGordo, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of ReebShorts
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish color, like an amber. Sticky head just kinda "Plops" and sits there. Looks nice.

Ahh, here we go. Hops aren't hidden here, aroma is hops, and hops.. there is also a perfuminess noticed and a touch of caramel.

Wow! Thanks DogFood11 for bringing this one to me from Cali, never seen this one in WA. I would call this a session IPA (as sessionalbe as an IPA can be). Man this thing is balanced, tasty, hoppy, drinkable, great. Too bad I can't get it up here...

ReebShorts, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a medium orange amber with a creamy eggshell head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Very citrusy and almost sweet hop aroma. Very disctinct grapefruit aroma.

Taste is all hops. Lots of citrusy resinous hops with a very pronounced grapefruit characteristic. Has a nice bitter bite - quite a few IBUs in this sucker.

Plenty of carbonation, full body with a slick texture.

Nice drinking IPA, a very solid brew. This one seems to get overlooked a bit, but is certainly in the mix with the best IPAs from the west coast.

MaltyGoodness, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of masikon
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper glow with a nice sticky white head on top. Nose was surprisingly malt heavy with essence of honey and fresh bread along with the floral hops. The taste is definitely a hop-a-thon with the first wave being tingly biting pine needles which are followed with a bit of mellowness as the malt makes a half-hearted effort to balance things out....the finish is bone dry with a puckering bitterness. I have to go contrary to what others have said on this one, I feel the hops here are not especially well done but rather overly aggressive and dominant at the expense of much discernable flavor. Perhaps the variety of hops used doesn't agree with me but I prefer to get easily detectable citrus and herbal flavors from my IPA's rather than simply over-the-top harsh bitterness.

masikon, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of ghostwalker
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, hazy orange body with 1 finger of white head.

Nose is mild citrus with noticeable maltiness.

Flavor is a tasty, but rather mild. A well balanced malt/citrus blend. A decent brew, but not really what I think of as a West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. I only purchased a single as a taster/reviewer, but enjoyed on tap it would probably make a good session brew.

ghostwalker, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of andythejerk
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In reviewing this beer, I have to admit that I am not a big hophead. IPA is not my preferred style, though I can enjoy one just fine, as I did this one. This is definitely one of the better IPAs I have tried. Beautiful dark orangish-amber with a decent-sized, sticky head, The entire glass maintained a good lacing, all the way to the last swallow. I was impressed when I was hit by the sharp aroma of hops as I brought the glass to my nose--it was a good premonition of the taste to come. Good, strong, burnt hoppy flavor that had a nice bite and a crisp edge to it. Like I said, I'm not big into IPA, so I'm trying to be fair, because I really did thing it was a well-made brew.

andythejerk, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of Rezzin
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber/copper color with a medium fully white head.

S - Piny and citrusy... caramel scent is also present. Not as aromatic as I'd like but not bad.

T - First sip is pretty good - I haven't had an IPA in a few days so the taste is quite welcoming. The hops hit you right away and there's just enough malt to balance things out. A slightly bitter aftertaste but I like it - not overly bitter.

M - Goes down smooth - hard to tell its 7% ABV. It has decent mouthfeel but seems a little thin to me.

D - I shop at Trader Joe's pretty often and will definitely pick this one up again. Not the best IPA on the block but definitely not a bad one.

Rezzin, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of sloejams
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine example of California IPA: hops up front, hops in the back and hops kicking in your teeth.

I'm so glad that my local Trader Joe's always has this in stock. I often pick up a 6 pack, when picking up my strange frozen foods. One stop convenience - I can dig it.

It has a nice color - amber-orange with a frothy head that stays there for hours. The aroma is a bouquet of hops - some floral, some citrus, and some piney. If my girlfriend were to put in writing that she wouldn't leave me - I would concoct some sort of cologne using hops like these. I would smell myself all day long. It would be weird.

The taste is brilliant - all those hops pack a punch. It's a piney taste that is very refreshing, I'm very fond. There's a good deal of booze in there, the 7% ABV is no surprise, still is very drinkable. It goes down very easy.

If you like your IPAs hoppy and lord knows you should - grab a 6 pack of this.

sloejams, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of wingnutter
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid 4's across the board.

Nice golden amber color aith a finger head that disappears while I let it breathe for a minute.

Piney Floral aroma hits me like a brick. This is gonna be a hoppy beer.

VERY hoppy and bitter taste. Citrusy kick as well. This beer is all about the hops. Not much malt, but just enough to keep it from getting out of control. The hops are quickly beating up my tastebuds, and thats a good thing!

Pretty tasty and thirst quenching. At 7%, go easy though. It would be way too easy to pound a few of these back without even trying. Excellent drinkability. A nice IPA from Anderson Valley.

wingnutter, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge (2 inches or more) firm beige head. It's an amber color that is mostly translucent but has just a hint of cloudiness. Lacing is magnificent.

Strong flowery hop and citrus aroma.

The flowery hops are really just too sour to me. Whatever the type of hops are that are used in this, they're not the variety I favor in my IPAs.

Medium body oily mouthfeel.

I don't understand why so many people love this so much. This is not for me.

johnniemarg, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer was poured from a bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark amber coloration. The head was thick and puffy. The head coloration was off white honey colored.

Smell: The beer is upfront hoppy piney spicyness. There is a citrus and grape combination present in the smell. Some very pleasing bready type smells are also abundant.

Taste: No messing around with this beer. The hops punch you in the mouth and dont let up. Loads of spicy piney goodness. The malty breadyness provides great support to the beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer is big and tasty full bodied and then some.

Drinkability: This beer does not play around with the beer drinker. There is plenty of hop goodness and the malts are really great. The beer is not exactly balanced but it is still fantastic.

nlmartin, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 oz. bomber of this from Hi-Time Wine in Costa Mesa, during a recent visit to Southern California. No freshness date on the label, but otherwise some good information about the beer. The beer poured clear peach in color, with a two finger thick head retained very well. The Smell was piney, and grapefruity, with a little peppery bite. The aroma was not quite as fat I was thinking it was going to be. The taste was quintessential West Coast IPA., with an abundance of pine resin and grapefruit, and more than a smattering of caramel malt. Very juicy and tart taste, and a quenching yet dry mouthfeel made this a very quaffable beer. The alcohol at 7% was a bit high for a single IPA, but it only showed up in moderate number of fumy intervals. Before I knew it, the whole bomber was a goner.

rajendra82, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fat ass bomber bottle somewhat questionably "imported" from California to Pennsylvania last month. Served in an industrial-duty snifter.

The hard pour leaves my snifter to gasping for air as the top quarter of the glass fills with a rapidly rising thick white head. The beer itself is darker than I expected, I'm going to say approximately Pantone 174. CV.

Smells like a big old American Hop Bomb. Lots of C-hop volatiles jumping out of this glass. Also getting a darker maybe caramel-type malt scent.

Flavor is fantastic. Excellent Pacific Northwest hop delivery balanced expertly with the aforementioned malt. Chewing on the head brings thoughts of mossy bark just before the liquid flavor explodes into citrus hop heaven.

Digging the mouthfeel on this one. It's damn near perfect for the style.

This is a seriously flavorful brew with some interesting malty undertones taunting from behind the the piney citrus curtain just daring you to attempt to reach through and pin them down.

Final thoughts: Hop Heads, grab this beer and jump in head first!

froggyfrog, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel with a crazy 3-fingers plus deep offwhite colored head> Great head retention and very good lacing

Smell: Piney hops not much else

Taste: Spicy/piney hops & fruittiness mix together, with a crisp/sweet/ hoppy dry finish. Hops impart an earthy tea/pine flavor

MF: Smooth & perfectly balanced, good carbonation levels and just feeling so rich on the tounge

Very drinkable, a little too hefty to drink all night, but a very good IPA would love to try at the source (tasters note: I know I was getting this in SC at liqour stores, despite their cap, circa 93-95)

russpowell, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber. Clear copper, active carbonation. Huge soapy, frothy off-white head and sticky lace rings every 1/8" inch. Massive Cascade aroma: grapefruits, floral scents. Hints of vanilla. Caramel malt, maybe, too. Maybe. Juicy grapefruity Cascades assault my tongue. Finish of chewy, biscuity malts. This is 100% about the hops, but enough malt abides as a check. I'd surely drink this one again. Overall, an excellent IPA.

orfeu, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of electrified
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper in color. Nice head with good retention and lacing. Smells of floral hops and a hint of grapes -- I considered that the grape aroma could be subliminal from the grape-purple color on the label, but no, it's there. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. A lot of tastes going on -- sharp and big on the hops, but complex. Tasty.

electrified, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA

On tap at Isaac Newton's, Newtown PA.

Appearance- orange/ honey brown with a decent fluffy white head.
Smell- Huge on the Citrus!
Taste- Grapefruit, Orange, and Lemon rind with a slight touch of malt.
Mouthfeel- so bitter so dry yet so smooth!

Overall- Probably the best IPA out there! Can't get enough of this. Downside is the price. $12.00 a sixer is pricey, so is $5 for a pint!

NJpadreFan, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of arguemaniac
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a well-retained head that leaves behind a sticky, sprawling lace. Citrus hops and a touch of sweet malt in the aroma. Spicy grapefruit hops dominate the flavor with some light caramel grainy malt as well. Grassy hops and a hint of caramel in the lingering, bitter finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with fairly active carbonation.

The grapefruit character of the hop bite is a bit too much if you ask me, but otherwise it’s a decent IPA and certianly one of Anderson Valley’s better brews. Recommended.

arguemaniac, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear copper colored, not a trace of visible carbonation. Head rises quickly, falls fast, leaves sticky off-white lace.

Smell: Lots of citrus and lightly floral hops, very tart and assertive.

Taste: Wow, nice hop flavor. Citrus and more citrus grapefruit flavors. Nice carmel sweetness, hops linger a long time, with malt fading slowly into a nice grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Very good, no complaints.

Drinkability: A top-notch IPA, nothing close to an off flavor anywhere. The rumours about this beer were true.

TastyTaste, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of Tang07
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great brew. The 7-11 don't the street from my house carrys this stuff. (They also have one of their five isles dedicated completely to wine, I guess I'm moving up in the world)

Anywhoo, this stuff is great!

It pours a nice rich dark amber with a nice off white/tan head which is kind enough to stick around for a while.

There is a very nice hoppy aroma. The beer is nice and thick with lots of body to back up the the strong hop.

It is certainly nice that this stuff is 7%. You can grab a six pack and make quite an evening out of it.

Tang07, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of joecast
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

clear, dark amber color, with a slightly off white head. settles down to a thin lace, leaving good lacing on the glass.

now if you put "hop" in the name of your beer, you better be serious .
these guys are serious. strong floral and grapefruit aroma. wow. "new car smell" should be this good. maybe some pine in there too, and we both know how much i like pine right?

hops again on show in the taste. very balanced with hop bitterness, flavor, and malts. the aftertaste though, is made mostly of hops, making sure you dont forget the name of your beer. kind of like each sip screams out "SAY MY NAME!!" finishes very smooth.

creamy mouthfeel makes this go down very easily. glad i got six as this has quickly become one of my favorite ipa's.

joecast, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of JayQue
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great IPA. This one is a new item for Total Wine, Chesapeake VA. I got a single to try it out. Pours a nice cloudy orange-amber. Medium size head that hangs in there throughout. Huge amount of lacing. Average smell for an IPA. Great taste. Enough hop bite/bitterness to satisfy this hop head, yet it doesn't give you an "in your face" hops blast like Hop Hog or Bigfoot Ale. The hops and citrus flavors are very well balanced. Very balanced and rich (for an IPA) mouthfeel. I could drink this beer in mass quantities any time. Comparable drinkability to my regular staple, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

JayQue, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: cloudy and hazy copper/orange, frothy head with heavy duty lacing...looks pretty solid

smell: i get caramel malts on the nose first, earthy, bitter hops, grapefruit, orange, a little piney... a tad malty for me

taste: slightly sour grapefruity hops are first, juicy and piney, other assorted citrus flavors, big time bitterness factor...good, but not one of my favorite american ipa's

mouthfeel: medium, almost full bodied...bitter and juicy

drinkability: pretty drinkable, but quite bitter

dirtylou, Dec 21, 2005
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,595 ratings.