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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

2,593 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,593
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 102
Gots: 187 | 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 yeagerbm
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this fine ale into my pint glass. A bright but yet hazy gold/amber color. A tight light brown head lasted the whole way through. The aroma and taste was very nicely balanced with medium bodied malt and lots of great hops. The hop aroma was mostly piney and grassy with some citrus to it also. The carbonation was ideal with dense, fine bubbles and a smooth feel. Overall it has a wonderful balanced flavor without being overly aggressive, and is very drinkable.

yeagerbm, May 25, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. No dates.

Full amber colour, chill haze. Topped by a very thin off white head. A swirl of the glass leaves some spotty lace behind.

A slightly floral nose, with intense notes of grapefruit & pine.

Plenty of sweet malt, with some decent fruit. But in the end its all about the hops. Great pine & grapefruit hop flavours, lead to a dry finish. Full bodied & quite drinkable.

xgrigorix, May 24, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper with a medium sized off white head. Left good lacing.
Really fresh floral/citrus hop smells that was picked up well before the glass got close to the nose. Very aromatic. Sweet malt and tropical fruits were also present.
Nice balance of great flavors. Sweet malt, caramel and fruit countered by a refreshing citrus hop bitterness that lingered nicely.
Slightly floral in the finish. Good stuff!
Medium bodied with a smooth, slightly creamy, tongue tingling mouthfeel.
Excellent drinkability. Great taste, great balance.

rkhaze, May 17, 2004
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber in color. Nice big off~white head with superior lacing.

S: Floral hop aroma through and through. No sublety, no hidden smells, just hops. Aroma is very nice, no real grapefruit smell, just a floral hoppy smell. Incredible.

T: HOPS!!! Initially a powerful hop bitterness which quickly fades into a sweet hoppy flavor that I'm growing more fond of day by day. I don't know what particular variety of hops they use, but they use it oh so well.

M: Sharp, medium bodied. Nice and dry on the palate. CO2 and ETOH are damn near perfect.

D&N: All hail the American IPA. If you haven't tried this one yet, what the heck are you waiting for?!?

JackTheRipper, May 10, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-cloudy light orange with a generous off-white head. Fantastic lace.

Rich floral hops assault the nose with great intensity. There is a mild malt presence that is understated and secondary. This is one hoppy beer.

This is one of the hoppiest beers I have ever tasted. This is assertively hopped to the point of overwhelming the malt. While it's not as balanced as I would like, it's still very good. This is not for everyone, but it is certainly a unique beer drinking experience.

Thin in the mouth. The bitterness is the most prominent aspect of the experience. It starts and finishes the same way--hoptastic.

This is a good beer that may be a little too one dimensional for some. A little more malt would have given this beer higher marks from me.

filabrazilia, May 10, 2004
Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was not expecting such a good ipa when I opened this bottle. I have yet to find an ipa with such a strong hop precense yet be backed up with a good dose of maltiness. This beer had a clear orange color to it with a luxurious creamy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is of a fruity hoppiness, mostly grapefruit but also some sweeter fruits as well. The taste is strong on the hop flavor, esp. up front. Grapefruitness provides a lip smacking bitterness. Floral hops are strong as well and a sweeter element also takes place. Honey maltlike sweetness comes in the middle. I notice some nuttiness in the base. The honey and nut flavor never comes to the fore front but provides a nice mixture with the floral hoppy flavors. The finish has a definite alcohol tone to it combined with the hops and it leaves a dry, spicy finish. The finish lingers. Body is medium thick. I could drink this beer all night.

granger10, May 06, 2004
Photo of sublimesipping
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a beautiful rich amber color with good carbonation and a nice foamy head. Smell is reminisicent of mandarin oranges, definitely a fruity bouquet. This beer offers a full mouthfeel and makes its prescence known with a residual sweetness. Taste a complex creation of caramal malts and hops with a balanced sweetness and controlled bitterness. This beer had me thinking of an amber ale in style with some distinct hop character. Not a typical american IPA in my opinion as it reminded me of some very good English ales. A thoroughly enjoyable beer that offers strong prescence and flavor.

sublimesipping, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you"
-The Stranger, "The Big Lebowski"

12 oz bottle served lightly chilled in a pint glass. Little blurb on the inside of the bottlecap read, appropriately, "Step up to Hop Ottin'"

Appearance: Clear dark orange with hints of brown topped by a yellowish thick white head. A solid cap of foam was retained and left big ol' specks and blobs of lacing appropriate to the style.

Smell: Intensely hoppy nose composed of grapefruit, pinesap, orange rind, and some subtle spices. Kiss of honeyed sweetness. Smell's like Randall the Enamel Animal's armpit.

Taste: Pow! A full frontal assault of Pac-NW hops. It's all rooty-tooty-fresh-fruity-and-sprucy for me! Again, it's like a Randallized beer, but w/o Randall. Very bitter, but with a surprisingly strong malt backbone (not a full-fledged skeleton, though). Peppery aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: This is burly and rough on the mouth. Tastes like burning! Hoppy aftertastes and burps aplenty.

Drinkability: Liquid crack for hopheads. The dry hopping is very evident in this beer. If steroidally enhanced IPA's are your bag, say hello to your new set of luggage. Fully enjoyable, though I think I prefer Hop Devil pricewise. Not quite a session beer, but dang close.

ManekiNeko, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of mikeys01
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle, the Hop Ottin pours an opaque copper color, with a clumpy lumpy thick white head that very slowly sinks into the glass like a melting iceberg. Aroma is fairly fruity and just a bit spicy, not overly bold. Taste is quite bitter with strong piney hop flavor at first then giving way to some big grapefruit and orange flavors. Lots of biscuity maly flavor is there to help balance it out as well. I'd describe the body as medium heavy for an IPA, mouthfeel is comfortably smooth with a little bitter bite at the end. Pretty tasty IPA overall, not a monster but no mouse either.

mikeys01, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of garthwaite
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a glass, this is deep amber with a nice little frothy head. When I put the beak near it's as if I'm face down in a field of columbus hops. I don't want to stop sniffing, but I guess at some point I need to taste. Once in the mouth this isn't quite as hoppy as the nose would indicate, but it is damn tasty. There is a subtle malt sweetness & a bit of alcohol (it is 7% abv), but mostly just good old columbus. Beautifully bitter & and absolutely a top tier IPA in my book. Big fan, Big fan.

garthwaite, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1 inch head with a good lacing down the glass as the beer is drank. Nice orange color to the beer, with a moderate level of carbonation. The bottle had a lot to say about hops in this beer, and it delivers with an immediate floral, hoppy bitter kick. YOu can taste the honey-soaked malts in there in the middle, giving way to the hops in the end. sort of a bitter, sweet, bittersweet coalescence. This is a great interesting, intense, hoppy IPA. I love it.

GIVEMEBACKMYSON, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A top-notch IPA. Poured with a nice amber color with not too much of a head. Sipped over a long period and it had a lace which stayed throughout. It had an appropriate hoppy smell and a powerful Cascade(I believe) taste, but not overpowering. Enough of a malt taste to keep the hops within balance. Very drinkable for the style.

GeoffFromSJ, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first bottle that I poured of Hop Ottin' went all over my kitchen counter. I wasn't expecting the carbonation. The second I poured a little easier and ended up with a large white, foamy head with the usual lacing of a good hoppy IPA.

The aroma is almost completely one of hops with some hints of spices that seemed to be coriander-like. The taste was just what I had hoped for: a true hop wonderland. The hops overwhelmed just about every other taste. Although, there was a little nuttiness to the beer and maybe some fruit like dates or currants.

This felt great in the mouth, very peppery and crisp. A real drinkable American IPA that deserves everything good that I had heard about it.

rdrummer, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, we sampled this at a tasting, and the 3 bottles we opened all gushed over. Not happy so far, but that would soon change. Poured a cloudy rusty copper color with an off-white foamy head that stayed throughout. The smell was awesome, it was a very strong citrus smell of grapefruit. Tasted slightly toasted, somewhat grassy and herbal with a flowery finish. It was somewhat dry, and some alcohol presence was noticed. Medium body, but the carbonation was off (read first line again!) Still, this was a nice IPA, very assertive. I enjoyed this one, even after cleaning up after it.

Bierguy5, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It took a little while to determine the color since the head was so gargantuan that the beer wasn't visible. Dusky, hazy orangish amber. The head is French vanilla in color, bordering on light tan, and is firm and extremely sticky. It looks like meringue and is leaving huge chunks of foam all over the glass.

The aroma doesn't leap out of the glass and assault me with hops (as was expected given the beer's reputation as a hophead's delight). The nose consists of somewhat citrusy, but primarily earthy hops. Upon tasting... this IPA is not a hop monster by any stretch of the imagination. The hoppiness is more herbal-earthy than it is citric fruity.

There's a solid malt backbone and not enough hoppiness. Butterscotch is also appreciated (which is definitely odd for the style), as is a flash of alcohol. The finish is medium in length and doesn't differ greatly from what preceded it. The mouthfeel is good, not great. It's firm without much creaminess.

After everything that I've heard about it, Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin' is a minor letdown. Another West Coast citric hop bomb was expected... and wasn't delivered. Maybe I just don't care for Columbus hops, which this beer uses exclusively. Sorry, but it doesn't deserve its reputation as far as I'm concerned.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of bigjohn
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer was a hazy amber color, very rich and pleasing with about an inch of head. The lacing on the side of the glass was thick and stuck around throughout the beer. The smell was strong hops, tough to pick out anything but those hops. The taste, as the smell predicted was pure hoppy goodness. There were some slight traces of malt, but the hops dominate this one. Mouthfeel was solid. The alcohol is well hidden, I had no idea it was 7% until I looked at the bottle a little more carefully. Not the easiest brew in the world to drink, I would say one or two of these is plenty. Excellent IPA, one of my favorites to date.

bigjohn, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of abents
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A light reddish brown with a thick white head and great lacing.

Smell: Lots o' hops. Citrusy aroma present as well as some sweet malty notes.

Taste: A first burst malty sweetness makes the contrast of citrusy sour hops stand out even more. Then the beer bitters out and provides one wallop of a bitterness to it. Dries out in the end and leaves your mouth tasting of bitter and spices.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium brew medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very bitter so drinking a lot might be tough. But it goes down pretty smooth.

A nice IPA, probably not one of my top 5, but still quality.

abents, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a light brown color with a bubbly tan colored head. Pretty nice lacing. The scent is a delicious sap/oil/hop smell. This beer's taste is all about the hops. Other flavors are a bit tough to pick up on, but you can notice some alcohol in this brew. Its a very sticky brew, i have the mental image of sticky sap all over the brewery when they make this one.

Tballz420, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy orangey amber, like dark honey. An impressive off-white head, dense and bubbly, expands instantly, then dwindles rather slowly. Expansive cobwebs of sticky lacing wind around the inside of the glass.

The aroma has two initial pillars: the toffee sweetness of malt, and the piney citrus of hops. A flirty note of creamy vanilla surfaces and sounds quickly, followed by a muted perfumey air at the finish.

At first taste, a sturdy caramel malt sweetness is quickly subverted by a dusty-dry juicy grapefruit presence. After that 180, the grain character re-establishes itself, along with an almost resinous pine undercurrent. A bready yeast note meanders in toward the end, then fades to a spicy dry bitterness at the finish. The ambitious malt profile leavens well the beefy malt spine.

Medium bodied, the prodigious hops grant an oily but appealing perception. The hops also leave a luminous glow across the tongue.

These are indeed some hard working hops, and their labors pay off by buoying up the healthy malt presence to provide a well-rounded and saucy flavor. The grain bellies up to the bar and lends nice body, while the hops grasp your attention and refresh brightly. If hops are your bag, and they are certainly mine, then drinking this is a pleasurable and rewarding pursuit. As I said, this beer works hard, and that makes enjoying it quite easy.

Foxman, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of RootedFool
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

Awesomely girthy, tall, pizza-crust-bubbly, reddish tan head on the pour -- almost fell out of the glass -- and slowly descends. Some nice streaks of lace hold to the glass.

Color is deep, brilliant orange.

Smell is a suave wallop of hops -- pine cones, grapefruit peels, a faint edge of pineapple juice. A great nose here.

Taste opens with a strong, sharp bolt of cheek-puckering hops. Some more citrusy notes appear in the middle. The finish is of singed lemon grass, pine resin -- and lasts long.

Malts are barely noticeable behind the slam dance of hops. But I can almost pick up on a thin backbone of malt sweetness -- far afield as it is -- throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel: a mild amount of carbonation, and a smooth, very drinkable body.

This ranks high on the chart of west coast IPA's.

RootedFool, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy red brew, you can see through it a bit.

Smell is complex and strong hops; malt is in there as are citrus smells.

Very malty taste for an IPA and the Hops are more complex than most IPAs. There are PLENTY of hops in this, but this one reaches for more than just one flavor. Unexpected Flavors like bread show up, way complex for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is a different sort of beer; I still can't nail down one of the flavors. Oh well guess I will have to buy more and figure it out.

Zorro, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of KingSlender
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley's Hop 'Ottin has been a favorite of mine for a long time. This IPA is great in every way. It pours a golden yellowish-orange and is quite creamy for a beer of this style. A thick off-white head foams up quickly and the nose is a potpourri of hops and citrus. The hop leaf bites the tongue as you take the first sip. It's followed by a pine and orange-like surge that flows smoothly out of the glass. As this beer warms the citrus characteristics become a little more pronouced. I have to reiterate the fact that this beer is very hoppy and will please hop heads alike.

The King recommends drinking this beer with a bag of Snyders Jalapeno Pretzel bites.

KingSlender, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer poured a hazy, deep amber color. A two-finger, off-white head rose up easily to and took a very long time to settle back down into the beer. As it did so, it became dense and fluffy and left a good portion of itself behind, stuck to the side of the glass. There was always some amount of foam present floating on this beer for the entire time that it was in the glass. Lots of lace left behind.

Smell: At first, the aroma was very light and, surprisingly enough, not very hoppy. There were some grapefruit-like notes of hops that flitted about, but they were in no way the dominating smell. Nice, roasted malt, reminescent of both bread and crackers, was the main component of the aroma. This was combined with a sharp fruitiness that smelled kind of tart, but thickly sweet as well. However, as the beer sat in the glass, the aroma developed into what I have come to expect from an IPA. A good, sharp, grapefruit hops smell balanced well against some nice, roasted malt. Ah, that's much better.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good, heavy feel on the back of the tongue. Nice and smooth, as well, with just a light carbonation tickle when it hit the back of the throat.

Taste: Upfront was some lightly sweet, lightly roasted malt. Then, in the middle came a decent dose of hops. They were definitely citrusy, becoming more herbal and menthol-like as the flavor progressed into the finish and on into the aftertaste. Also on the finish was a continuation of the sweet malt flavor that appeared earlier, but as time went on, it developed into a deeply roasted flavor that balanced out and complimented the hops very well.

This is a solid, well-balanced IPA. It was not the hops powerhouse that I (for some reason) thought it was going to be. Very nice.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut. (You know that the local beer scene sucks when you have to have someone from Connecticut bring a beer to you in Kansas that was made in California.)

Quaffer, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-gold with hints of red, two finger pillowy tan head, lasts as a floating mushroom cap. Bits of lace form partial rings. Highly carbonated.
Very hoppy aroma, woody and citric, quite floral.
Lemon and orange rind taste, toasted malt, a buttery honey note.
Nice bitterness level, not too obscene. Medium feel, smooth with a bit of a bite.

mschofield, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of MobBarley
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is legend in Northern CA, so I picked some up for old times sake. Pours a rusty pumpkin color with a mysterious yeasty haze that suggests a formidable brew. The head is thick and resembles freshly whipped cream.

Hops dominates the nose up front, and there is some creamy honey-sweet maltiness lurking in the background. Complex smell for an IPA.

The taste is heavenly and as expected quite hoppy. Rindy hops dominate up front, with notes of pine, live hops, and bready yeast synchretising in the middle before a finish that combines citrusy sourness with fresh honey. A peristent bitterness clings to the roof of the mouth. A fine, fine IPA.

Mouthfeel is a little thin on this one, perhaps because of the lack of hops/malt balance. Could use more carbonation in my estimation, but refreshing still.

Drinkability here is lower than that for most IPAs because of the imposing ABV. However, it is worth drinking two for the taste alone. More of a sipping ale for a drinker of my ilk.

MobBarley, Jan 24, 2004
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,593 ratings.