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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,843 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,843
Reviews: 1,194
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 125
Gots: 310 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001

Our Hop Ottin’ IPA is brewed and dry-hopped with copious amounts of Columbus and Cascade. This beer is a showcase of the bright citrusy aromas, bold grapefruit and pine-like flavors, and resiny bitterness that hop heads crave. With a brilliant, deep amber color and solid malt backbone, hints of citron, roses, and bergamot climax with a dry, herbal finish in this well-balanced interpretation of a West Coast IPA.
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Ratings: 2,843 | Reviews: 1,194
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A big, thick, foamy, pillow-like two finger head, bone white in color. Leaves big sticky lace rings all the way down the glass. The body is a nice golden amber.

S: Grapefruit and toasted malts. One of the more balanced hop/malt noses I have come across. A mild spruce smell.

T: The malts come across the palate first on this one and then the finish is of grapefruit and spruce, and then malts again. The malts are kind of sweet and give it a different taste. Not very crisp, the cascades have an interesting lingering taste, they usually tend to be crisper. Faint alcohol warmth lingers deep into the aftertaste.

M: Dry and bitter.

D: Suffers a bit, up there in alcohol content

Overall, this beer is pretty solid and deserves to be up there with the everyday IPA's. They use some nice hops to give it a different feel than a typical IPA. The sweetness of the malts are a nice touch.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A solid looking finger of dense eggwhite colored foam rises above a slightly hazy orange-amber brew that looks like it has an almost purple cast at times. The head is small but pretty, and it leaves a little bit of really crusty lace on the glass. Swirling produces more head, and retention is pretty damn good.

S - Mandarin orange is very prevalent, with lively rind/zest notes too. The juicy citrus hop profile is gorgeous, and they are backed up by some solid biscuity malts too. Very nice.

T - Again, this is extremely juicy, fresh, and fruity. The hops take on more complexity in the mouth, and I can pick out mandarin orange, pineapple, and some grapefruit too. This is almost perfectly balanced since the awesome hops are almost matched in intensity with the tight and firm malt flavors.

M - Medium bodied with tons of structure and fairly aggressive carbonation. The finish is extremely bitter and quite dry as well. Damn fine stuff!

D - On of the best IPAs I've had in quite some time. I've been getting a few stinkers recently, and this one has renewed my faith in one of the most common styles in the good beer stores. This is a sipping beer, not really a session brew but I would drink two or three slowly and enjoy every drop. Pour this into a snifter to catch all of the nice hoppy aromatics.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin pours with a large head, good retention and lacing. Has a hazy orange color.

Smells of grassy hops, a bit of citrus, caramel malt. Rather floral and I like it.

On the palate there is lots of bitter floral hops, caramel malt to add some balance and a dry bitter finish.

Photo of budgood1
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out an amber colour with reddish tints. thin tight head, sticky and clinging. the lace adheres nicely, making for a nice looking brew. ripe fruitish smell...malty with a underlying spicy hop nose. the hop profile really comes through on the tongue, though. but first a wave of rich maltiness is forefront, fruity and a bit spicy from the alcohol...a bit yeasty, also. then a slow, creeping bitterness sneaks up making for a long lingering, intense, juicy end. this is a really malty brew. the hops pretty much balance out the sweetness perfectly, but don't add a lot above and beyond the big juicy bitterness. the ample body of this offering makes it seem like a bigger beer. the mouthfeel is rich and sassy, with a tremendous tongue thrashing from the hops. drinkability is good...the overall feel seems a bit rough, but i'm sure anyone looking for a hop fix need not look any further than this.

hop head's delight if you like unabashed bitterness.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Solomon420, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, citrus and a light amount of hops for the style.

T: The taste is on the malty side as opposed to the hoppy side for an IPA and starts with flavors of caramel tea and citrus. There’s a pale hops presence that comes in next, provides a good balance, causes the sweetness to fade and leaves a slightly bitter after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is one of those beers that gets better as it warms a bit, but since it doesn’t really have the high hops profile that endears me to the American IPA style, I consider it a decent beer, but not my first choice when I’m looking for an IPA.

Photo of buzzworthy
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' IPA is a beautiful sight in the glass, with a rich, full head atop an amber-orange body. The head laces the glass all the way to the end. The beer is nicely balanced between maltiness and piney, citrus hops. The smell is faint to me but the taste comes alive with this balanced array. It won't satisfy the true hophead but works well for me.

Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12oz bottle of this at a Yoke's supermarket in the Tri-Cities for the very decent (for we Canucks) price of $1.50. The label gave me a little cultural and linguistic education on the Anderson Valley in California.

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA produces a glassy, dark golden amber colour, with a rather puffy, foamy, and rocky creamy ecru head, which leaves some nice random webbed lacework around the glass as it lazily beats it outta town.

Upon first sniff, I get lots of floral and citrus rind hops in the aroma, with an almost sweet, balancing caramel maltiness muscling in. The taste is pastry-heavy malt right up front, with the citrus and pine hops coming at you soon after, enveloping the malt sweetness with a somewhat acrid zestiness.

This beer is smooth, with very sedate carbonation, and goes down much too quickly, especially given my lack of ability to get any more of it any time soon. Any alcohol warming is solely in my head, from having read the label, because it was well-hidden overall.

A well-crafted and balanced brew, with the hop-head quotient duly present, but not at all overbearing. Were that I could be Bahl Hornin' whenever I chose, but then there's always the impetus to travel.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for a pricey $1.70... enjoyed from a standard shaker pint. Just got off work.... need to veg for a while.

Big tan head .... pillow that leaves long sticky lacy all the way down the glass. Glowing orange amber with a little hop haze.

Aroma is earthy with floral American hops ... still with a nice malty backbone.. not actually as hoppy as would be expected.

Flavor is along the same rung ... but with a good bitterness balanced by quite a bit of caramel and toasty malts. Mouthfeel is good... descent carbonation helps break up the malt leaving a good floral hop finish.

I really like Anderson Valley, and as such, this is a pretty good American IPA. It is not overwhemingly hoppy.. just simply balanced... but be aware... 7% will sneak up on you. I am partial, I really do like Columbus hopped brews. And a great example of an IPA that doesn't need to beat you to death with the IBU's.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a reddish amber with very little head. The scent is citrusy with a bit of pine and some floral hops. The taste has a definite citrus element to it, and with the hops bitterness it's almost like taking a bite out of the side of a grapefruit except in a really refreshing way. The mouthfeel is very crisp and a little dry. I definitely enjoy this beer and wouldn't be surprised if I found myself picking it up in the future.

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was rather taken aback by how good this beer was, not having heard or read about it previously. Dark amber, it has a considerable head and requires careful pouring. Immediate rush of hoppy bitterness and malt on the nose. You know it isn't just another IPA when you read the 7 % alcohol level. Plenty of body, good citrus fruit freshness, but lingering bitterness carries the day. Quality, concentration and value for money.

Photo of Floydster
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Charlie Jewells in Redlands for five dollars

Color was golden orange/yellow with an impressively large soapy head, right about an inch thick, left lots of sticky lacing too

Smell was floral hops and citrus, particularly grapefruit and lemon, could tell this one is quite hoppy

Taste was dry and bitter just like I prefer them, citrus finish gave this one another dimension, bitterness lasts a long time, floral all the way through, and smooth for hop bomb, this is a damn good beer for the usual seven dollars a six pack that I see it, almost sweet enough to be a double, but lacks the syrup and higher ABV

Lots of carbonation and nice body for an IPA

Could drink lots of this if I wanted to, light and easy to drink even though it is seven percent alcohol, taste is good enough to keep you coming back, goes well with a burger, which are very tasty at this establishment

Have almost bought this ten different times at different Trader Joe's locations, decided to finally have it when I saw it on tap today, one of my favorite Anderson Valley brews I have had

Photo of Sleestak
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I cracked the cap on this and it immediatly overflowed with foam. Good start hehe. Typical hazy orange IPA color. Lots of piney hops and some citrus in the smell. Same in the taste only the citrus-y taste really stands out. A good deal of caramel sweetness to balance it out... well somewhat, this is an IPA after all, lol. The mouthfeel on this beer is oh so creamy and succulant. Drinkability is HIGH, wish I got a six pack of this instead of just one. This is a good IPA with tons of hops yet no harshness.

Photo of BeerSox
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy deep amber hue with a two finger head that doesn't quit. Light tan in color, it leaves a film of sticky lacing in its place as it settles. Eventually it becomes a thick pillowy cap.

The aroma is filled with sharp hops that make up most of the smell. There is a smooth malt base, and a hint of diacetyl.

The flavor is sharp citrus hops with a biscuity malt base. There is a little bit of diacetyl in the flavor as well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The alcohol isn't that detectable until the beer warms up a good amount. The finish is sharp lingering hops.

This is a pretty good IPA, I really enjoyed it. It's probably best fresh, like any IPA. Recommended.

Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep golden. Fluffy white head,with excellent retention,and lacing. Aroma is of floral hops,citrus,and a bit of pine. Body is medium to heavy,with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is bittered, with a nice balance of floral hops,and grapefruit. Good stuff!

Photo of genog
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a creamy, fizzy 1 inch off white head. Lingers around for a while and leaves a good amount of lacing all along the glass. Smell is of herbs, and citrus, I smell grapefruit on this one. I can also smell some grape wine aroma at first. Initial taste is sweet with a moderate bitter finish. Mouthfeeling is watery with some soft carbonation.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, it 'is' an IPA, so when i saw it as a selection at the Bend Brewfest, I began to salivate.

Pours a dark golden, not too clear. Pretty standard for an IPA. Good carbonation and retention. Actually the gal poured it a little hard, had a bit to much foam to deal with, but it's hardly the beers fault the brewfest worker didnt know how to pour : /

Tastes like an IPA should, lots of floral hops, pine, grapefruit. However, I think this more of an entry level contender. I expected just a few notches better from Anderson Valley. Flavors are just a tad to bitter and sticky. Coated my teeth.

I rated this one good, I really did enjoy it, its just that my IPA exposure is vast and perhaps a bit to picky.

Good job Anderson Valley.

Photo of TechMyst
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Remarkable?! Not at first, but I was quickly changed in mind. Decent balance but not plesant at first. big floral hop aroma. Yellow with slight ruby hue. Collared rings with lacing that stuck. Medium mouthfeel. Slick/resinous palate. Soft conditioning but has a bite afterwards. Thin head diminishing to a sheen. honey yellow head. Drinkability only ok at first. nuttyness undertone. Alcohol barely detectable. Addictive when it comes to the hoppiness. Tried 1-2; the last 3 were awesome, maybe the weakness of it is what makes it so drinkable?

Photo of colinsk
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is available in lots of places in Northern California. It is my goto IPA when I just need a beer in a hurry. It is a little dark for my liking at a light copper color but not out of style. It has a strong aroma of hops that is pleasant and not too purfume.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear wood stain brown in color. A few streams of bubbles rushing to the top. Thick white spongey head resting on top that left behind layered lace all around the edges of the glass. Nose is full of wet hops but is dulled by a watery mellowness.

Flavor is not quite a typical CA IPA because the flavor seems to be lacking the malt backbone I associate with this style from that region. Hops outwiegh the mats quite a bit with the balance towards the bitters. Medium to full mouthfeel with a dry finish. Some tannins as well. Would pick this up again but would not be my first choice.

Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of dertbert.

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/amber color with a bubbly, white, one-finger head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of hops!! Tons of hops! It had a citrusy smell and some malt aromas, too.

T - It tasted of bitter grassy hops. It had a burnt maltiness, too. A nice combo of bitter hops an toasty maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A little warmth from the alcohol. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Very good IPA. I've only had 2 ANderson Valley products and both have been excellent.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a deep copper ale with a nice big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is well balance with some light caramel malt. Taste is a mix between caramel malt and some bitter hops. Body is above average with some good carbonation. I have to admit that this was a well made and very refreshing IPA but still taste quite similar to other staple of the style.

Photo of ncvbc
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those brews that doesn't necessarily stand out as a serious contender but you can't go wrong with it either. It had been too long since I had it last so I picked up a single from Bruisin' Ales when I was there.

Pour left a dark golden with excellent carbonation which produced a medium head and decent retention.

Smell was floral hops mostly. They weren't as in your face as some others but nice and tempting. The slightest caramel malt background can also be noticed.

Taste is great for the hop lovers. Now I recall this kicking my ass years ago when I first got into the IPAs. Huge floral hops with a piney bitterness to accompany it. Somewhere in there you pick up the malts that back it but this is definitely a hops showcase.

Mouthfeel is sticky and somewhat bitter. The carbonation definitely helps this one out a lot.

Drinkability is good. A few on a nice fall evening would be nice.

Glad I tried this again. Maybe it's the fact that Anderson Valley is what I'm used to over here from the West or that we don't get much of anything else...I think these guys are overlooked pretty often. Especially that Oatmeal Stout which I need to get around to soon.

Photo of wamu2000
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a solid IPA. High abv sticks to the mouth. I like my IPAs to settle in the throat...aftertaste & aroma are good to above average. Very Hoppin, as advertised, i liked it. Aroma is the only attribute lacking, otherwise topshelf IPA worth a "must try". Thank you sir, may I have another...

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a clean golden brown with a beige head and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is very fragrant with lots of floral and grapefruit notes and a touch of sweet maltiness.

A good amount of bitterness upfront before the balance of the hops and malts come through.

Medium mouthfeel with a slickness to it. Mild carbonation.

Very drinkable and a good example of a strong IPA.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a medium-amber color with a decent white head. Thin layer remains throughout, a good amount of lacing as well.

S: Very floral and herbal, some light hops as well as some slightly sweet malts.

T: A solid and sweet malty base starts it off with some nutty and bread flavors as well. This transitions into a very fruity and floral middle. The slight hop bitterness starts to shine through now and bursts through in the end. A very well balanced IPA with excellent complexity and tasty as hell.

M: A little bit chewy due to the pronounced maltiness but the slick hop oils also come through towards the end.

D: A very good IPA. I can't believe this is the first time I've tried it, I must have passed it over a million times while shopping at Trader Joe's. A must try for any IPA lover.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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