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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,841 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,841
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: 2,841 | Reviews: 1,194
Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - light reddish amber; two full fingers of foamy, light orange head that falls to a thin cover quickly but leaves some a good amount of lacing down the glass

s - at first an almost skunky odor, which fades quickly and is replaced by lots of grapefruit and orange, some herbs, not a ton else (but hey, I've got allergies so, you know)

t - lots of everything. kind of like a slightly lesser version of Southern Tier Hoppe with a bunch of fruity citrus flavors, a huge dose of malty sweetness, and a lot of bitterness that's maybe a little more herbal and a little less piney than I usually drink. there's also some kind of weird malt flavor accompanying it that I guess I'd call bready.

m - carbonation isn't too heavy, and makes for a satisfying mouthful

d - I've had other IPAs and DIPAs with this kind of flavor, and there's something that doesn't quite work for me. Part of it's the more herbal hop character, part of it's the higher sugar content interacting with the herb flavors, and part of it's that weird malt flavor I described. Worth trying, but I won't buy another bottle.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy-ish deep amber with a tan head. In the nose nothing but grapefruity, citrus hops. It taste of hops as well. Hoppy and bitter, starting sweet to a bitter dry end. Smooth though, but it has a dry bitter aftertaste. Big hops, smooth and a great IPA.

Photo of Durge
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden brown brew with a big frothy off-white head and solid lacing. Smells of sweet pine, you know there are some hops coming, very pleasant. At first this stuff came on kind of strong with more of that pine/hops that was evident in the aroma, and then I detected a touch of something I would describe as metallic. Not as pleasing as the smelling experience. But as it warmed it did mellow considerably. There is some dry charcoal at the front and it finishes with good bitterness. Carbonation is light but adequate and the 7% alcohol is reasonably evident. At room temperature it brings out some carmel highlights that provide more of that blended IPA feel that I prefer. Another nice job by Anderson Valley.

Update on (7/16/08): Cloudy iced tea color with big off-white head and gobs of lacing. The aroma is a beautiful malt and pine hops blend, sweet and bready mild. The taste is a medium bodied malty mix of sweet pine hops and dry grass. Easy enough to drink, tastey with a touch of charcoal in the back. Solid. Touches of melon and even some muted grapefruit. No metalic things this time round, still an excellent brew as noted earlier!

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful amber color to the ottin. It was an excellent tasting beer as it was hoppy yet really smooth. The mouthfeel was a elegant softness as it slid along the lower portion of the mouth down the slide of the throat. Definitely a beer I will have another of.

Photo of eberkman
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep reddish amber with a thick off-white head leaving plenty of lacing. The nose was dominated by big, floral hops. The nose definitely previewed the taste, which was also hops, hops, hops. Big, bitter hops at the start and at the finish -- hugely bitter tastes lingered afterward. Some fruity malt presence but not as much as I typically look for. Not as balanced as some others, like Stone and Mojo. Mouthfeel was carbonated and oily. Drinkability was decent, but I typically look for an IPA with just a little more balance. But that's just me. This beer is a hophead's dream.

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

ipa ipa ipa... a grreat example of the style... perfect mix between the modern american ipa and the old school english style... beautiful nose - very floral - great taste with a little bitterness... more than your average american... long time fan i am... go go mendecino

Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber

A: Gold-amber, with off-white head, great lacing.

S: Floral American hops, with a good amount of malt considering the style.

T: Oustanding, citrus grapefruit jumps onto the palate, with delightful biscuit toasty malt coming up the rear. A hophead's delight.

M: Creamy, pretty good for a IPA, a tad thin, but I can deal with that. Carbonation is pretty low.

D: Oustanding, a dangerously drinkable IPA, an excellent choice from Anderson Valley, and not that expensive to boot.

Photo of enfield249
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown, little head when poured.

S - Citrus, bittering hops, slight malty scent.

T - Dark fruit. Very bitter, and it lingers for a while.

M - Full bodied, verging on too thick, but it rides the edge nicely.

D - Very drinkable. I could enjoy several of these on a weekly basis.

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

On tap at the AVBC taproom.

Pours a rich deep yellow with a small white head.

The aroma is of intense citrus fruits and sappy pine resin.

The flavor of the beer has an assertive hop character that's both resiny and citrusy (grapefruit). The maltiness of the beer was lightly sweet and biscuity.

The mouthfeel was light, which aids to the drinkability of this great beer. The carbonation was tight and dialed in.

This beer is a very solid IPA and a great go-to beer. This was also the first big American IPA I had about 12 years ago. I'm thankful to AV for beefing up the style from the English IPAs it was originally modeled after. Historically, this beer helped define the American IPA style.

Photo of tommy78
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper colour with some head. The head settled after a while, but the copper remained.

Smell - Very floral. At times, I could pick up some pine as well. It certainly had an organic aroma to the beer.

Taste - At first, it was light on the palate. I could taste a tinge of honey in the mix. Quickly, it became very hoppy on the follow-through.

Mouthfeel - Medium amount of carbination.

Drinkability - I could easily have 2 or 3 in one sitting. It is good to have with chicken panini, which my wife said went well with the beer.

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

The newly remodeled Ralph's might be freezing cold, but they have Anderson Valley beers.

Appearance: The pour is copper/orange with a slightly smaller than average sized white head.

Smell: The nose has pine, citrus, and floral hops in front of caramel malts. It's more balanced than the hop assault you get from a lot of IPAs.

Taste: The flavor profile has all kinds of bitter hops- citrus, pine, and floral. A bit of toffee and sweet caramel comes in, not to balance the bitterness, but to add complexity.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied with a chewy texture and nice carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one on the best IPAs. It doesn't blow you away with bitterness, it's just a solid, tremendous brew. Still an ugly label though.

Photo of Duster72
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy light amber with a one finger off white head. Exceptional lacing. Aroma is relatively mild citrus hops with a definite orange presence and lack of pine. Taste is bitter hops up front with lots of earthy citrus flavors behind it. A little on the harsh side. Medium body is nice. Not my preference for an IPA, although I understand why fans of harsh bitter IPAs would love it.

Photo of EStreet20
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The third of the three AVBC beers that have popped up in my local liquor store. The first two have not disappointed. Here goes.

12 ounce bottle. 16 ounce shaker pint glass.

A - A very nice murky golden color with about two fingers of bubbly white head. Head looks rocky in places but stays nicely.

S - Some floral smell along with some kicks of citrus. Not a HUGE hop aroma, but definitely a "hops forward" IPA.

T - Much as the smell would let on, hops come at you. Some citrus mixed in with an initial bitter rush. Some sugary malts come through in the middle and give way to a bitter finish.

M - A nice medium body that coats the mouth with hoppy goodness.

D - A nice hoppy IPA. Goes down fairly smooth but still smacks you in the head with hops.

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

22oz bottle, fresh from California

First off, I have had this beer more times than I can count, but I've always noticed some off flavors, which I attributed to lack of freshness. So I had a buddy send me a bottle straight from California, and boy howdy, did it make a difference.

Smell, very citrus-ey hops in the nose, little sweetness, big orange and mild grapefruit smells

Taste, Huge hop bill starts smacking you around, and I'll beg for more. Notes of those delicious citrus hops, bit of twang from the alcohol, but that really helps keep the sweetness from the malts in check. Not a totally balanced brew, but damn, I love the hop profile so much I couldn't care less.

Overall, I've always thought of this beer as "middle of the road", but upon trying a fresh bottle, I wish I could have it all the time. While I've always loved their Oatmeal Stout, and rank it (in my mind) as one of the best ever made, this IPA really gives it a run for it's money. If you love a hoppy wet dream, this beer is for you.

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

A: Classic fair here-deep amber in color with a slightly off white, medium thick head that sticks around nicely. Retains as a 1/4" inch layer throughout. Above average lacing as well.
S: Grass and pine resin up front followed by some citrus hop aromas and citrus pulp scents. The scents come together at the end in a citrusy, grassy, piney hop smell.
T: Pleasantly surprised here. Follows the nose with grass and pine resin up front followed quickly by some citrus pulp and rind flavors mixed with generic hop bite. Towards the middle a nice malty flavor arises to off-set the hop and citrus bite with the just the right kick of "sweetness." Ends with some pine resin and a nice citrus hop bite.
MF: Medium with the right amount of hop and malt kick.
Overall: I'm really glad I gave this one a shot. An above average IPA to say the least. Great flavor profile with just the right kick of malt to balance it out. But do not be fooled, the hop and citrus pulp flavors dominate and they do so exceptionally well.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean aged copper color with a stillness to it. Head is a sporadic mess of linen colored bubbles.

S: Red apple, apricot and OJ.

T: Begins with a lot of red fruits mixed with caramel. Good amount of orange citrusy flavors come next with necessary nips of sugar for balance. A strong wash of bitterness follows suite, blanketing the palate and killing all the other flavors currently involved. Finishes with some piney bark and earthy bitterness.

S: Medium body, fuzzy mouthfeel.

D: Just another standard IPA on the market

Photo of BlindPig
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick dense just off white head on a clear copper body. Great head retention.
S- Big hops fill the nose. Grass, pine, some juice, some hop spice, light pot, and some grapefruit. Kind of sweet caramel body.
T- Pretty nice hop flavors. I don't think they are as big as the aroma suggests but there are still a bunch in there and they leave a nice big bitterness on the tongue. Hop flavors follow the aroma quite closley. Some black pepper is in there too. A nice size malt body to back up all those hops.
M- Full body with low/medium carbonation.
D- I think it is quite good. Looks amazing (can't think of something that would make this look better). I could see me drinking a few more of these.

Photo of henrysunset
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

good looking but oddy orange beer with a big poufy white head. clear beer, appears filtered.

smell is all fresh hops... smells like boiling wort with a lot of hops in it. malty and floral..

it's tasty. balanced. not very sweet, plesently floral. a little tart, which may be the 7% alcoholic bite.

smooth, but a little thin and astringent. drinkable, but not something I would likely want to have several of.

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

Great appearance with lots of lacing and a slight head all the way through. The hops profile in the aroma and flavor are strong citrus and grapefruit hops to the point of getting perfume-like. There's a sweet malt element, but the hops dominate like a good india pale ale. I'd say this a good, stand-up example of american hops in an american IPA.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle, poured into Sammy Smith glass. Presents a slightly hazed rich amber; the cloudiness seems to make it glow. Good solid head composed of small bubbles and some rockiness. Settle to no head in the middle but globs around the rim; like a crater.
Smell is herbal and floral hops, some sweet malt and coriander. Ginger seems to creep in there.
Taste is a very nice balance of hops, with just enough malt to keep it tame. Citrus and spice mix around, giving the beer nice complexity.
Crisp, clean, very nice. Perhaps misses the IPA mark a bit, but I really like drinking this> big ups on drinkability

Photo of yemenmocha
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper with overly generous head. Very meringue-like head... oh so nice!

Nose has a pleasant brewery doughy like freshness with some hop tang in the background.

Palate is light bodied with a nice balance of malt to hops. A very balanced IPA for sure. A little tart on the finish and somewhat thin, but overall it is very, very drinkable for an American IPA.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely amber, great head. Anderson Valley excels in x-factor, and this is no exception. Smell is not at all overpowering, warm malt & cool hops. Taste is pure Booneville, with that characteristic toffee flavor. Big, beautiful hops light up the house of caramel and wood. Mouthfeel is satisfying, but a bit sticky. Very damn drinkable. I can't wait to visit this wonderland of special beers.

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

Poured a beautiful crisp amber with a great frothy head that left beautiful lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated by earthy hops. The taste was also dominated by both citrus and pine hops with a decent sweet malt backbone. The beer was rather light on the palate and the alcohol was very well hidden. This was a very enjoyable IPA.

Photo of onehomesickalien
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite IPA's! If you are looking for a great beer with a nice edge, I highly recommend the Hop Ottin'

Appearance: Nice copper/golden color with excellent head retention. Lacing is very consistent.

Smell: Hop smell is fairly strong with citrus and floral overtones.

Taste: Bite is strong, but not overwhelming. Perfect blend of malt and hops, not allowing the 7% ABV to override the taste.

Mouthfeel: As good going in as going down.

Drinkability: As stated above, one of my favorite beers. Very few get a 5.0 in any category in my opinion. This one gets it in two.

Photo of number1bum
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From NEPA BC Split #1.

Pours a beautiful amber, with a billowing, pillowy beige head. Retains some paper thin head to the last sip, with a lot of sticky lacing. If this were just a bit more clear, this is precisely how an IPA should look.

Big hoppy nose - piney and citrusy and some floral notes. Taste is also hoppy up front, with the pine hops first followed by floral and citrus. Some bitterness starts to take the stage but is quickly checked and balanced by sweet, honey-tasting malt. Very nice and super flavorful. At 7% a big IPA also.

This is an outstanding, top notch IPA. Highly recommended.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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