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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,654 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,654
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 106
Gots: 203 | 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 BeerFink
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clearer and darker than I expected. Golden amber hues fill my glass, topped with a sticky white head. Caramel, clean citrous, and some alcohol arrive at my nostrils and are interpreted as goodness. Pleasant bitter citrous pricks the tongue while sweet caramel forms a lifevest for your tastebuds. Finish is warming alcohol mixed with bitter hops. Big malts make for a big mouthfeel. Good offering from Anderson Valley. Not the best IPA I've had, but hopheads will enjoy.

BeerFink, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of Maestro
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap the other day. I thought I had this one before, but upon drinking it I was sure that I hadn't. This beer pour a crisp orange to red. The head with substantial and left a thin lacing on the glass. The overall sweetness was the biggest suprise. I have had other Anderson Valley brews, but was suprised at how this one stepped out of stylistic box. As I drank this one, I couldn't help but notice the malts and hops dancing back and forth in my mouth. It was a near perfect balance. What a great IPA!

Maestro, May 20, 2005
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light tan, very bubbly three fingers of rocky, whipped froth sits atop a clear orange body, with just a bit of chill haze. Good lacing right from the edge of the glass down. Inviting.

The invitation is extended with a fresh piney aroma, with some citric mixed in as well. Makes you just want to dive into the glass.

A strong malty, caramelly center, strong enough to build a solid foundation. A moment of sweetness, refreshing not overwhelming. Then come the hops, arising along the inner cheeks, rolling toward the back of the throat, until they have securely locked down the whole mouth with a crisp, sharp bite, and a pleasant lingering tingling finish which floats right along.

Appropriate mouthfeel, solid, medium-to-full. Wonderful drinkability.

One of the classic west coast IPAs, always a joy to revisit.

RonfromJersey, May 14, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with no dates.

Great red-orange color with a pillowy off-white froth in an irregular shape.

Nice mellow toffee tinged malts get bashed over the head by sweet resinous pine and citrus notes. Alcohol is noticable along with floral tints.

Medium but spritzy mouthfeel. Sharp hop assertiveness fades into strong, bitter citrus finish. Malts are rich and tasty, but also well hidden. Booze warms the gut as it goes down.

Great Divide's Titan is my favorite to date, but this is a close second in my book.

Shultzerdugen, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff is an orange copper colour. A fluffy, off-white plume rose up quickly and sank back into the hazy underbody. Carbonation keeps the surface nearly full of white froth. Sticky lace adornments encircle the rim of the glass.

The smell is very pungent and floral. Citrus grapefruit appeal to the maximum. The label lays claim to a honey drenched malt flavour, and you can surely pull honey out of the nose. But this baby also has hops galore.

The taste throws a slight malty sweet honey ( the label is accurate ) notion into a hop onslaught. This sucker is a bitter beast. The drying effect of the finish just keeps intensifying after the swallow. Wow. The body is resinous and thick feeling. I think the bitterness does wonders at masking the alcohol flavour, but the warmth be lettin ya know. This one would definitely deserve another, but I only got one. Very nice.

SupaCelt, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber, slightly red bright pour with a nice sticky white head on top. I can already smell the hops...citric, grapefruit peels and sticky pine sap resin. A sweet, sugary caramel nose hits me as well. Inticing....smells big and fresh.

First sip has a big punch of grapefruity, citric hops along with some pine sap and needles. A sweet crystal/caramel maltiness rounds out the body and tries to stand up to the bitterness...however the bitterness wins on the way down and lingers on after each sip. Hints of honey and bread as well. Just an awesome IPA that makes me smile at each sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good bubbles. Good hop oils in there. Wow...I could easily drink a six pack of this stuff...I can't believe I didn't try it sooner. Easily one of my new favorite IPA's...highly recommended.

orbitalr0x, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of gentlebubbles
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Redbone's

A slightly hazy fresh-pressed cider color with a tight off-white beeswax-tinted head.

Yummy citrus scent.

This is all about the hops, very brassy, full of grapefruit and orange with pine resin and grass in the finish. Creamy sparkly mouthfeel. Long long sticky resin even after you think it's finished.

Yeah, it's good.

gentlebubbles, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of loganmule
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A staple for lovers of IPA's, if a bit on the pricey side (in Indiana anyway), this beer pours well, but the head is short of creamy and rapidly dimishes. The scent of this amber brew doesn't overwhelm...floral but mostly citrus, but gently so, when compared with the taste.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth and thick...definitely not a Bud Light in there.

Taste is exceptional for hopheads, in an in your face way. Citrus and malt give way to and quickly are virtually overwhelmed by the hops. The finish is dry with characteristic bitterness, which lingers a while. Some will want a drink of water to clear the palate...I needed another sip. Very good IPA, especially for those who have a craving for hops.

loganmule, Mar 29, 2005
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
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,654 ratings.