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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
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2,596 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,596
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 Stimack
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was poured to a nice copper color with a little cloudiness and a nice thick fluffy off white head that broke down slowly and left a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aromas of this brew are mostly of floral and citrus hops, the floral seem to be more dominant but I am able to pick up both. Able to sense some malt in the nose but definitely takes a back seat. The taste is nice, I am able to pick up the malt even though it seems to show up and then disappear just a quick as the hops taste takes over and you can notice a slight alcohol taste. Over all this is a very nice brew, not my favorite IPA but very solid.

Stimack, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright and somewhat hazy orange hue, thick soapy head. A large aroma of floral hops and grapefruit rinds. Very clean and slick; an initial come and go blast of floral hops. Clean palate for the style; creamy hops give way to some orange peel and grapefruit tastings. A decent and session-able offering.

GeoffRizzo, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of droomyster
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle itself is a work of art. Rich and dense head, aroma is a powerful blast of hoppiness, with an inviting earthiness and honey sweetness detectable through the bitter pine. Pours a clear ruby gold color, plenty of carbonation bubbles taking their time as the float to the top. I can't wait to taste this. I've just been admiring its appearance and smell for about 5 minutes now and the head is still rich and thick. Here goes the sip. This IPA is an extra bitter boy. It would be incorrect to say that the sweetness balances the bitterness of this brew, but after such a floral, hoppy smell and such a hoppy taste, my senses zero in on an underlying sweet citrus. Medium to full bodied, not very smooth. Kinda sticky and oily all at once. Beautiful clumpy lacing left all over the glass. Overall terrific drinking experience, but I wouldn't have two in row after such a big hoppy punch.

droomyster, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of HogHill
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anderson Vally Brewing Co. have nice labels, this one is is outlined in purple and shows a bear with antlers sipping some water in the valley. Beautiful golden amber ale with a delicate but substantial 1 inch head of whiteness. The head offers up the pine and citrus scents of Hop Ottin'. The taste is a nice malt layer that is surpassed by hoppiness, but it's not "insane" or novelty like some IPAs. I'm thinking that Hop Ottin' could be considered a double IPA, it's gotta be up there in IBUs. Anyway I like this one a lot, and would love to try it on draft.
Notes: I enjoyed this brew with some Annie's Mac & White Cheddar on a cold sunny Saturday.

HogHill, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of DrainBamage
4.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light brown color with a decent head. Smell has that of hops and is exactly what an IPA should be. After the smell I couldn't wait to taste it. The taste and mouthfeel are unbelievable and you can't imagine something better. The drinkability factor is right up there. IPA's being one of my favorite styles, this one is now one of my favorites. I highly recommend this to everyone.

DrainBamage, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of IceAce
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange and arrived with a beautiful finger of dense, rocky foam. The nose is a saliva producing fresh floral hop with an undercurrent of sweet malt.

Initial taste is dominated by fizzy carbonation and a lighter hop bite than expected. Midtaste is all-malt with a mouthfeel which runs a little thin for a Left Coast IPA.

The finish is comprised of a slow hop fade fairly standard for the style.

IceAce, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of Naerhu
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark red body with no head.
Aroma: Massive floral, pine and spruce aromas. Barely any malt present.
Taste: This beer is so incredibly resiny it is impossible to tell what else is going on.
Mouthfeel: Sharp bitterness brings this beer down from what it could be. This is an oil slick of hop juice.
Drinkability: This beer is just too sappy to make me want to come back for more. Tasted with another hop head and two belgian freaks, and no one wanted to finish this. Granted, as it was consumed in the Father's Office, it was served much too cold.

Naerhu, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a big, rocky head that sticks around for a few minutes before leaving lots of lacing. Very nice looking.
Extremely floral hop aroma with lots of citrus.
Obviously hoppy flavor, but with a lot of interesting sweetness cutting through the hop bitterness...there's a caramel undertone to this one that reminds me a lot of the brewery's similarly excellent Winter Solstice. Lots of malty flavors in there as well. Ripe fruit catches your tongue right before a slightly bitter finish. Interesting enough to make me want to pull down a few more. Well done!

whartontallboy, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now that I'm becoming a full-fledged hop-head I can really appreciate just how tasty this brew is... You know you're in for a treat when the ingredient list reads: "Brewed from only the finest hops, malted barley, hops, yeast, hops and pristine Boonville mineral water. And hops."

The beer pours out a dark amber-brown with a generous, thick tan head. The head recedes reasonably quickly but leaves a lot of heavy lacing on the glass. The nose is pretty much hops, hops and hops. There are plenty of notes of citrus, pine and lavender which gives a slight hint that this might be a hoppy brew.

At first the taste doesn't seem as hoppy as you'd expect. There actually is a moderate malt base with a few amber-ale like fruit notes. But it turns out those hops are just lurking in the bushes waiting for you to let down your guard - by the end of each sip there are strong grapefruit notes along with some nice woodsy hop tastes. I'd be curious to know what types of hops they use - they only claim to use "Northwest" hops, I suspect a couple of the four C's. But there's also this very interesting floral note that I haven't encountered before. The hops really sneak up on you with this brew, by the end of the glass it's nothing but pure, sweet hop juice.

The mouthfeel is quite good too - plenty of carbonation to clean out the palate leaving a very clear note with no real strong aftertastes. There's quite a bit of body to this drink, it's no light 'n fuzzy lager.

Would I drink it again? Absolutely, positively and without a doubt. Ever since SN Celebration Ale has disappeared from the shelves I've been worried about finding a quality IPA to keep me hoppin' While this isn't quite the same as SNCA, it'll certainly be my go-to IPA until next December.

RedwoodGeorge, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer looks nice coming out of the bottle. Its a cleat coppery color with a small head. The nose is grand, with lots of citrusy hops balanced lightly with a caramel malt. The flavor was a lovely crisp citrusy blast of hops followed by a nice spicey hop character that had just a bit of caramel sweetness as well. The feel was moderately thick, right where it should be. This is truely a fine beer. I am going to have to pick some more of this up in the future.

kmpitz2, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this last night at a tasting. Pours a golden color with a medium head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Strong hop aroma, nothing much else. Floral and citrus. The flavor was very hoppy as well. Lots of floral hop flavors floating around. Seems to be mostly American hops too. The malt seems to be hidden in this one. Not being a hop head, I didn't care much for this beer.

clvand0, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/10/05- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirit's in Lafayette, CA

Presentation- Poured into my Full Sail pint glass out of a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance- Amber-copper colored pour with a very nice chunky white head and awesome lacing. Only thing missing were those little UFO circles in the wavering head.

Smell- Great floral and fruity hop scent. Lots of grapefruit and pine. A bit of a sweet candyish note to it also.

Taste- Nicely balanced brew, but a tad bit to much malt and too little hops. The malt seemed to take over a bit. Very good carmel malt, but I like hops to be the prevelant taste in my IPA's. Still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel- Typical medium carbonation. A bit of a fuller mouthfeel due to a bit of sweetness.

Drinkability- Glad I tried this one. I'm sure I will reach for this one in the future when I am craving a more malty IPA.

GClarkage, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of Crotor
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours crystal-clear amber with two fingers of dense, dimpled, off-white head with good retention.

It has a massive, resinous pine and grapefruit bouquet. Later on the aroma becomes a bit cleaner and more subdued, but pleasant nonetheless.

Tastes aggressively hoppy, at first with prickley pine needles and an initial impression of dryness, but then the caramel malts come in for a second, before receeding back as a lingering grapefruit-rind bitterness lingers. Simple but not softspoken, and West Coast all the way. This is the way I like my IPAs.

With a medium-light body and an apparent dryness, the mouthfeel is surprisingly frothy and creamy. I dig it. I could drink this all day.

Overall, a stellar, highly drinkable example of a West Coast IPA.

Crotor, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of bultrey
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional IPA. I've had this out of the bottle twice now, and I will continue to seek it out as a go-to IPA.
I'm all about balance in my IPA's, and this one's got it. Don't get me wrong, there is a bracing classic hop bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit, pine, and orange. But alot of IPA's offer that. What's different here is a nice, crisp, slightly nutty amber malt backbone that brings it all together.
Deliciously refreshing and a great appetite stimulator, this is one of the better North American IPAs around.

bultrey, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive grapefruit aroma. Very dry bitter aftertaste, not solved by any food or drink. Rather grapefruity hoppy drink inbetween. Well carbonated, but rather one-dimensional and so-so IPA from what I have tried, American or British. Recommended for the hophead in your life.

Sammy, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a crystal clear brick red with a slightly tan head.

Smell: piney but I'm delighted to note that there is a nice malt balance to this. The citrus/pine classic american "hopped up" beer smell is there but it's supported by a good carmel base.

Taste: Bitter and dry up front. The same pine on the delivery that was present on the wind-up. There is a definite malty sweetness that provides a good backbone to this beer. Highly hopped but balanced. A good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: medium and crispy. The hops and good carbonation make this pop on the palate.

Drinkability: It's palate cleansing goodness! An enjoyable hop fix to be sure.

mattcrill, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of longpondbeerman
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my 250th beer karma, I chose the Hop Ottin' IPA, and I was not disappointed. It pours a clear, clean amber with a one-finger whitish head. Immediately the floral aroma wafted to my nose, and I knew this would be a good find. The hops are evident, as is the piney untertone. The taste is delightful: wicked potent hops with a subtle sweetness that is hard to pinpoint. Nevertheless, it offsets the essential bitterness, but not in a cloying way. There's even some palpable breadiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium, with abover average carbonation. A very worthy choice for the IPA lover.

longpondbeerman, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of arizcards
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Papago Brewing for $1.75.

This dark orange brew poured a beautiful head that is leaving a nice trail down my glass. Detecting floral and piney hop notes. Taste is a perfect blend of malts into a big hop finish. Mouthfeel almost has a creamy quality to it and the hops bring my palate alive. This is one fine IPA, one of the better ones I have had of late! I will have to hunt down a six-pack of this!!

arizcards, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of Ego
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

awesome malt/fruity not hop creamy texture nose.. pouring.. frothy head unlike the ESB from the same brewery... sage/clove/citrus notes in the nose are deep... slightly darker than the ESB but just as clear, excellent lace, pours a brown amber... alcohol on the back end side, way milder than the dogfishhead head 90/120. on nose you might swear this is the ESB.. on head and flavor it is its own... maybe one of the best I have smelled but not as much flavour as some.. damn drinkable for this type.. smells like a pale or ESB, drinks like a hardy IPA... very solid beer.

Ego, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of santoslhalper
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing gold with a wonderful off-white head. Head stays with me the whole glass and leaves some fine lacing. Smells so hoppy and flowery. Amazing smell. Tastes wonderfully floral. So complex, so much hop flavor, my taste buds are lost (but extremely happy) in flavor. A hop-head's dream. Aftertaste is quite dry. This a wonderful beer. One of the best "hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy" beer's I've had to date. Highly recommended.

santoslhalper, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of Truh
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jumped around, jumped around, jumped up, jumped up and got down with this one on 10/22/2004. 16-oz. pint pour at ACPH.

Creamy turbulence of initial head that just stays and stays, and doesn’t die. Green hop effluvience and visions of jumping bugs throttle through the mind as a I plastered my nose with its bouquet. Curtained, amber haze to hue. Hopped up fraggle rock of earthy herbal essence to start followed by woody birch bark to tastes. A medium to medium-light-heavy offering that is difficult to put down.

Truh, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent head with even better lace. Orange amber in color, slightly cloudy. Beautiful.

Well-balanced aroma with a (grace) note of lactose. The flowery hop is present but not overwhelming. Malt is soft.

The flavor is round with full, rich mouthfeel of a highly malted beer. Plenty of hop becomes apparent within a second. This is an excellent IPA, true to style and very flavorful.

smcolw, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of MrNuggets
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful copper colour with a long standing off white head.
Big hop nose which makes this one of my favorite IPAs. This is well balanced, malt is a constant throughout the glass. The hops a fully flavorful, but enough bitterness involved to let you know this is from the west coast.
Will be drinkin' this all night long!

MrNuggets, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of bditty187
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny-coppery in hue with a bit of bronze-gold influence as well, the appearance of the liquid is attractive but basically standard for an IPA though. The head was off-white in color; at the apex it was almost two fingers in height. The foam faded to a tight cap after a few moments and lacing began immediately, in other words the collapsed head left a residue. This feature is always bonus eye-candy. Once I started quaffing the lacing bloomed, wow, was it webby and prevalent. Beautiful! The nose is hoppy; it is an IPA after all! Aromas from the hops consist of pine needles, spruce, citrusy lemon zest, grapefruit flesh, and just a hint of wild flowers. I could find, beneath the hops, the malt, which was caramely sweet with some pleasant toastiness as well. The potency is solid and the nose is inviting. It says all the right things but it doesn’t say anything I’ve never heard before. Am I jaded? Maybe but I still dig the nose, it is very pleasant. Kudos to the brewers for allowing a hoppy beer to show its malt backbone, nice! The palate has plenty of good things going for it. Hop bitterness is fairly strong, appropriately raw. I always appreciate an IPA with a malt backbone; this one offers a solid toasty yet caramel taste with just a bit of sweetness. Obviously the hops are the star with pine needles, spruce, grapefruit finds, and a healthy dose of wild flowers, especially in the finish. From beginning to end the palate offers one continuous taste, thus complexity is limited but it is still delicious. I mean there are no complaints about the flavor. It is an IPA and a good one at that. Medium in body, if not a tickle fuller, low but natural carbonation helps create a lovely mouthfeel. I found this to be a very drinkable beer, it is big and tasty but it didn’t murder my palate or melt my brain with alcohol. I’d love to sit back and enjoy a six-pack; maybe someday I can do it again (as it is not found in Nebraska but about everywhere else it seems?). I purchased a six-pack in Milwaukee, WI and I’m enjoying every bottle (aside from the ones my girlfriend gobbled down). Worth trying.

bditty187, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of jclovebrew
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber color with an ever so slight haze. Initial head subsides fairly quickly, but a thin foam layer persists for the duration of the glass. Leaves a little lacing around the glass. Aroma is a hop bouquet. Taste is dry and bitter with a crisp floral finish. Lives up to the expection of being a hophead beer. Mouthfeel is soft and agreeably so, as tangy co2 bubbles would interfere with the hop appreciation. Very drinkable beer.

jclovebrew, Oct 09, 2004
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,596 ratings.