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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

2,597 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,597
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 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
Photo of RoyalT
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a real looker. The dark orange body promises a good malt compliment to this heavy IPA. The head was full and fluffy and came down in shaving cream lumps of foam. This looks like a heavy hitter.

Smell – The big, piney resin leads things off here. The hop profile doesn’t smell very complex: this is all about the big, pure, unadulterated pine aroma. Even so, I can pick up some creamy malts in the background. Well done at the nose.

Taste – Yes, the caramel and toffee malt base picks things up at the taste. Mind you, the hop flavors here are monstrous so it’s not like you’re not getting any hops, but I was very impressed with the way they picked up the balance. I noticed the balance continued to improve as the beer warmed (it took me an hour to drink the bomber).

Mouthfeel – This is a big medium in the body and very heavy on the palate. There’s some sharp, satisfying dryness all throughout and, again, a big thumbs up for the balanced feel they managed to get out of this recipe.

Drinkability – Drinking this bomber was a wonderful experience. I had low expectations because the label is cheesy and the beer is available in just about every local grocery store, but this was a work of art.

RoyalT, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of GreenWBush
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The discovery of Boonville, California as a quaintly vacant town was no disappointment. The realization that the visitor center for the brewery was closed and tours weren't happening for 6 hours was.

The only thing proper was to consume as much Hop Ottin' directly off the tap as reasonably possible. We stumbled into the original brewhouse for a pitcher of the nectar, at a shockling low $7 for a 50-ounce(ish) pitcher.

The apperance is as from decanted from bottle; a deeply glowing purplish ruby. The head was frothing up like some whipped-cream daydream as I immediately enveloped my face with the liquid, sniffing like a bloodhound.

To my surprise I found that fresh Hop Ottin' is a remarkably consistent product. Sure, the luciously grapefruit hop profile abounds in all of its glory. The freshly-tapped version is no revelation if you've had a fresh bottle.

But the gummy sweetness of a stale bottle is kicked down like a convict in its sublime and aggresively fresh status. Seek it out and be converted.

GreenWBush, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of twelvsies
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woah there. I was expecting a standard IPA, not a crazy hoppinated monster. But this one surprised me. Appears a pretty typical amber color, with a frothy head (probably due to the hoppiness) and lacing pretty far down the glass. Smells and tastes, well, very hoppy. Lots of tangyness. I'm picking up on a lot of pine needle and sap tastes, as well as that IPA grapefruity taste, which I generally am not a huge fan of, but this one is pretty well balanced for being as overly hoppy as it is. Nice mouthfeel and IPA's seem to always be a hit with me, so drinkability is way up there. Haven't had this one in the bottle that I can remember, but if you see it on tap, grab it up.

twelvsies, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of trumick
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with thin head that disapates quickly. There is a huge amount of lace all around the glass

Scent is great, it is sweet, fruity, malty, and nice citrus hops.

Taste, aaaa, well, not what I expected. Very sweet up front, kind of watery with an almost chemical taste. It does finish with hops and again che-m-i-cal (oooo, I hate to say that, but that is what I taste).

Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp.

Drinkability is ok, but the taste is just not what I expected from an IPA. I won't buy this one again.

This beer will fool you with the lable and the scent but it is not what a good IPA is all about.

trumick, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of mntlover
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with a nice fluffy off white head that lasts with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is mostly grapefruity hops with floral hints on top of light malt. Taste is sweet malt hints of caramel then hops floral citrusy flavors with the patented tounge coating of pine resins. Next something strange happens it might be my imagination but drank this in two different sessions to make sure, feels like and tastes like someone slipped a shot of water in after the hops get this cleaning water like finish? Might just be me lossing my mind but swear thats what it feels and tastes like . Anyway hurts my impression of this IPA try it most people seem to like it. Think I will stick to Avery for good regular IPA.

mntlover, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of BrewMaster
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. The bottle has a fun description on the back and uses ANderson Valley, CA slang, which is a nice touch.

The beer pours with a frothy white head that thins slowly. A nice golden color to it. Aroma is thick with hops as well as a malty nose and great floral scents. Smells a bit rosy.

The flavor is hops hops and more hops. Nice floral hops dominate but are not overpowering or offputting. The flavor is tangy and sweet. Smooth palate with a crisp bread ending.

BrewMaster, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of sabrills70
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium brown with a huge head that lasted forever. great lace. Smells of citrus and floral hops, hops, hops. Taste is similar the the smell, citrus, floral and hops everywhere. Mouthfeel is good - not too heavy at all. To me its drinkability is OK, only because I am not a huge hop head. Nice bitter aftertaste. This is a very good IPA and well worth the price. Pick some up if you can.

sabrills70, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber, good sized head.

Aroma full of citrus hops, bitterness, and a light caramel like sweetness.

Medium bodied, lots of citrus hops up front, mixing with a strong bitterness midway through. A light flowery sweetness is present the whole way through. It finishes up with a pleasant bitterness and nut like flavor.

A very well crafted IPA. Wish I'd bought more than one.

Southernbrew, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours with a nice finger or two of head, superb lacing frosts inside of the glass. taste definitely reminded me of AV's boont amber ale. nice fruity/citrusy hops ("hard working" according to the bottle's translation of "Hop Ottin"). malts were tasty and a little sweeter than other AIPAs, but certainly nothing to object to

definitely one of the finer IPAs around. delicious and very nice to look at

bruachan, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, cloudy, 50% opaque amber orange body, very nice, very nice. Feathery light tan orange foam powders up against the wall of the glass. Lots of "stickin" around.

Fruity fermenting tropical orange apple hop stench blows away. Very fruity hops here, especially holding up the background.

In the mouth, the rich fruity hops stop, fizzle out creamily, and then start up again in the aftertaste. Rich, rich taste, almost a little over the top, especially as the alcohol notes kick in. That said, although it's on the bubble perhaps of being out-of-control, there seems to be an excellent malt/hops balance. Fresh fruit hops don't go away, ever.

Felt like one of these would probably be enough for its intensity.

donnebaby, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ambery/copper color with a fluffy light beige head. Piney, grassy and malty aromas paired with some light citrus notes. Floral and perfumy. For how aggressively hopped this beer is, it's surprisingly malty, too. It touches on caramel malts and the grapefruity citrusness shines in it's dry finish. Full bodied and drinkable. One of the better American IPAs I've had.

crookedhalo, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a light amber color with a small off white head that leaves a nice lace. There is a distinctive grapefruit hop aroma. A sharp grapefruit flavor jumps all over your tongue with a hint of malt in the middle. Then an smooth bitter hop finish. An enjoyable hoppy beer.

ybnorml, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, light reddish-brown body is topped by a medium, dense, yellowish head that lasts nicely. The aroma is distinctly fresh, leafy hops. There's a lot of centennial like almost grapefruit. The malt in the flavor is a bit of caramel and really not quite up to the level of the hopping, but this is a well-hopped beer. Lingering bitterness is strong but not overwhelming, harsh or unpleasant.

aracauna, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hazy light brown beer had a frothy head that almost looked like it was borrowed from a root beer. A sweet brown sugar aroma offered an interesting contrast to the subtle hop notes and foreshadowed the beers emphasis on balance. It was an incredibly sweet ale with just enough parallel hop intensity to keep interest and drink ability. After trying some other Hop Monsters at the Throwdown, this brew seemed tame and perhaps too drinkable. I will definitely seek it out again, and further explore the products of this brewery.

AllThingsNinja, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of oracle
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer arrived looking pretty much like your typical american IPA. Medium amber color, dense head, moderate lacing.

The smell was a little unsual with a much more floral sweet smell than I expected, although the strong citrusy hops did annouce their presence quite firmly.

Taste was simply outstanding, lots of hops, but with fruity sweetness that was more raison than anything else.

Very drinkable.

oracle, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of Todd
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle. Pours a rich, slightly hazy (clears up quick) amber crowned with an amazing 3-fingered creamy white foam head that settles with a very respectable lace with plenty of stick on the glass; clingy and rocky.

Light malts. Resiny, herbal citric hop aroma. Pine. Perfumy.

Smooth. Near full-bodied. Sweet malty base with notes of caramel, grain, a touch of bread crusts and toffee edges. Mild fruitiness of green raisins. Wonderful hoppy character with a resiny grip of hop oils, notes of wood, smack of dulled citric rind, herbal, soft pine sap, prickly spice. Drying nutty finish with a leafy coarse feel on the palate with faint notes of toffee.

A superior American IPA. Balanced, but hoppoliciously aggressive. Highly drinkable, but complex. Oh yeah ... I dig this beer.

Todd, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of carln26
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.

carln26, Jul 12, 2004
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.

meathookjones, Jul 10, 2004
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.

99bottles, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
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..

bigbeerdrinka, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
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.

Globetrotter, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of merlin48
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.

merlin48, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
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.

blitheringidiot, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of budsboy
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.

budsboy, Jun 04, 2004
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,597 ratings.