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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,752
Reviews: 1,183
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 114
Gots: 242 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001)
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Photo of brushpig
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a glass on tap at the Map Room in Chicago.Served in the proper glass.

A nice Amber color with a big lasting head.

The aroma of floral, sweet tea, and citurs. Mild but impressive.

The taste is what American IPA's should be Very hoppy, thick malty body, fruitty, with a dry nutty finish.

Great beer!

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Appearance is very impressive with an amber color and very nice head with great retention. The aroma is a little dissapointing with a mild, sweet smell. The taste is a nice balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. A nicely drinkable IPA but lacking the kind of intense aroma and hop flavor I want from an IPA.

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

Poured a clear copper color with a foamy two finger head. Floral, piney aroma, really nice. Excellent IPA. Very strong hop presence. The balance of malts slightly hides the high alcohol (7% ABV). Crisp hop bite on the finish. This is a hop overs dream. A really awesome brew. I have been trying to branch out as of late by trying pilsners, wheats, dopplebocks, etc., but is good to come back home to an IPA. I would definitely put this up with the ranks of Great Divide's Titan, and Stone's IPA, especially after half a bottle when the malt taste begins to balance it nicely. A little pricey at $8.99 but I'm very happy I made this choice tonight...

Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, the beer has a better meldedness than from the bottle. The bittering is more pronounces and starts to venture from the citrus and fruity hops to extreme bittering. The malts are suppressed a bit in it's sweetness and body, though remaining firm. Hops cause the beer to dry considerably and leave a bitter 'bite' in the back of the throat. Though I like it best on tap, I'm liking this beer less and less, the more I drink.

Photo of MarkBeer
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first off, not meaning to skirt some conventional method, but I am drinking straight from the bottle since I do not have a mug within reach. in other words, I am lazy!

the smell is aromatic, with a hint of rose.

the mouthfeel is electrifyingly tart with a good bite of hops, which is topped off with a kick of dryness. this in turn creates a flavorful kick of citrus and a generous amount of hops (can it get any more generous?).

at the back wash, it ends on a nicely mellowed out finish. it is a real compliment to the tongue and throat.

hop ottin!

Photo of Cresant
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an undated 12 oz. bottle into a Stone IPA glass. Received a moderate, tan head with some lacing. Crystaline amber body-- beautiful. So nice I kept holding it up to admire it's clarity and warm hue.

Smell was of crisp hops. Bread with honey. A whiff of metal. and grassy tones.

Taste was of juicy hops! Multidimensional interplay of pleasantly bitter hops and (understated) sweet carmel-y malts. A lingering red grapefruit rind finish.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A very well-built IPA. I will return again.

Photo of ChillMike
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt orange color with a massive head that doesn’t seem to want to go away, it’s also leaving some nice lacing. Smells of hops, various spices and a hint of lemon. Wow again very strange taste for an IPA, it’s got a citrus flavor accompanied by a very slight metallic taste (bad bottle?) ending with a fairly bitter pine taste. Not too bad but not something I’ll probably go out of my way to pick up.

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

A: Pours a hazy amber color with an initial one finger white head that dissipates a bit, but retains very nicely. Nice lace on the glass.
S: Aromas of floral and fruit hops with a pine bite. Slight malty smell also. Very fresh smelling beer.
T & M: Tastes of fruity hoppyness up front with a huge bitter bite on the tongue. Lip smackingly bitter. Stronger malt profile than I thought--a bit of caramel possibly? Well balanced hop and malt profile blend perfectly like their dancing together at the roof and back of the mouth. Crisp and slick in the mouth due to the hoppy bitterness. This is a great IPA.
D: Drinkability is high. First time I had this one and I could drink a few of these and be very content. Definately will buy this again and get it on tap when I can.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy copper with one finger of head that lingers for minutes. A thin ring of lacing formed around the top of the glass.

S - A sweet floral odor with a touch of pine.

T - Sweet toffee malt with a pine hop profile. The aftertaste is a sweet floral taste meshed with an ascerbic bitterness that has a touch of background pine. Not a pleasant mixture there.

M - Medium viscosity, a little harsh and only slightly refreshing.

D - Alright. More than one of these wold be a challenge on account of both the bitterness and the sweetness. Also the aftertaste gets really tiring.

Photo of waldowin
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal-clear honey color, faintly amber in the center. A thick white head forms quickly, four fingers high, and will *not* fade. As it oh-so-slowly recedes into the beer, it leaves a thick webbing of lacing behind as it goes. No visible carbonation.

Smell is faintly of grapefruits and cedar, with a faint finish of honey.

Taste is bitter hops all the way. The honey and raisin flavors have just a fraction of a second to introduce themselves, and then are steamrolled by bittering hops. Grapefruits all the way here, with more bitter than flavor. Body is thin and slightly flat (oops, guess my pour was *too* aggressive). Finish is slighty acidic.

Very smooth and light, it would be easy to sit down and move through several of these, just sitting around on a hot day.

Photo of bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper hue with slim head. Not much retention. The aroma of sweet orange hops presents itself fairly strongly. The taste starts out slowly with a light and sugary malt flavor, before tangy, nectary hops begins to dominate. The finish leaves a nice lingering bitterness that is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel starts out a bit watery in first part of the experience, but ends up with a fair thickness and smoothness. Nice carbonation to boot. The drinkablilty is fine with this brew, although with the abundance of American IPA's this might not be top of the line. Either way if you love hops it will do the trick...

Photo of kbnooshay
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- This beer poured a gorgous amberish orange color with a HUGE fluffy white cream colored head. This is one rocky bastard that kinda remidnds me of a rootbeer float head. it is creamy and wavy, fucking crazy. The body is slightly hazy and there are some gigantic horizontal mountains of lacing from the head that cling to the glass.

s- The aroma is sweet and earthy with a blast of hops. There is definately some sweet honey aroma as the label says there will be.

t- Taste is soo complex. Very hoppy(fruity, citrusy, piney) and yeasty. heavenly and as expected quite hoppy. Kinda musty.

mf/d- Mouthfeel is slick and sticky. Moderate to light but still nice. it kinda dries the mouth. This is not that drinkable when it comes to multiple at a time. But for one it is great. This is pretty complex but it isn't toobalanced. There isn't enough malt flavor. But the head saves this one. It is so WEIRD!

Photo of ultralarry2006
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Left a two finger head that eventually receded to a one finger head that lingered all the way to the end !Amazing ! Excellent lacing all the way to the end. There was even a one finger head at the bottom of the glass when there was nothing left of the body ! Color was a translucent orange amber.

Smell - Pine and citrus. Hops, hops, and a caramelly malt.

Taste - exactly like the smell indicates. Pine, resin, some grapefruit and lemon followed by caramelly malt with some breadiness. Finishes with good piney bitterness. This is really well balanced in spite of aggressive Pacific Northwest hoppiness. The caramel malt more than holds own to the hops in its roll as backbone - seriously, this is somehow perfectly balanced while being aggressively piney hopped at the same time. Simply a deliciously bitter IPA - American style.

Mouthfell - full, and smooth. Some hop oil slickness. Low carbonation. Not drying in spite of bitterness.

Drinikability - Excellent beer !! Give me another one, and the next one !

Photo of wedge
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with a thick, frothy cream-colored head - good retention leaving sticky patches of lace. Smells of hefty pine resin at first but other aromas quickly surface: deep floral hops meet creamy, nutty caramel malts and grain. Earthy, fruity, rich hop oil taste - moderately sweet malts and a woody spiciness seem to balance out the flavor just fine. Finishes with nutty grains and a little tea. Mmmm...this is really growing on me. The hoppiness certainly increases the longer it sits in my glass. Smooth, medium mouthfeel - dry, solid bitterness.

This is a well balanced hoppy treat. Leaves a great variety of hop flavors lingering of the tongue. Really an excellent IPA.

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured out of a 22 oz bomber bottle into my trusty pint glass

This beer poured an hazy apricot/rust color with a picture perfect and HUGE bubble bath head, that was at least 3 fingers tall and had me diving down to the glass to ensure that not over flowed the rim of the glass. There was pretty excellent head retention as it settled to about a 1 1/2 finger head and lead lovly sticky lacing on the walls of the glass. A great head lingered throughout

Sweet smells hit the nose first, very fruity reminiscent of pears, cherrys, fermented apples- Cider and caramel. This beer displays a complex and rich malt character on the nose, a unique characteristic for an IPA. The citric hop bite is definately there but doesn't beat you over the head instead it mixes nicely with the malt smells to create beautifully floral aromas

the tase is more in line with what you would expect from an IPA, spicy violently carbonated on the tip of the tounge then comes some sweet toasted malts then the grapefruity attack and a crisp clean finish pure hop wallop. Great mouth feel...round and light tomedium bodied with a lovely amount of carbonation that really works out your mouth on the start but mellows out just enough for a smooth finish.

This beer greatly surpassed the expectations I had going into it. for the price a bomber costs it's a no brainer for everyone to at least give this a shot

(paired pretty damn well with an aged irish cheddar, which helped to showcase the complex malt character and sweeter flavors even more)

Photo of SethB2
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a very nice head. Lacing is very good too. Smells hoppy. Pine and a bit of citris dominate, but very little malt. Taste is nearly exactly like the smell. Nice and hoppy with a faint bit of sweet malt, but not nearly enough. Slightly metallic aftertaste doesn't help things much. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit dry. Drinkablity is decent, though not great.

Overall, this is a good IPA, but not near the top for its style.

Photo of soultrain
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang Chalice.

A-Opaque orange amber. Thin veil of beige bubbled effluvia on top leaves sticky lacing.
S-Hops are there, but not in your face. Floral and sweet, some mild citrus.
T-"Bites like an angry rattlesnake" is what it says on the bottle. I don't think so, perhaps "Nips like a friendly garden snake" is more accurate. It is very juicy and tastey, though, with a sweet finish. 7% Alcohol is not present at all, and this is an IPA that I will sample again; I just expect and want more hop bite. This is really hitting the spot after some yardwork; all this mulching gave me a killer yearning for some hop juice, and this pretty decent California IPA is hitting "the spot" but it's a bit mellow for my taste. I've had this before about 3 months ago, and was more impressed with it then; fickle me.
M-Thin mouthfeel.
D-Goes down thoughtlessly.

CRUX: FRIENDLY CALIFORNIA IPA REFRESHER. **NOTE: I am beginning to suspect that this was an old bottle, will re-review in the near future a.s.a.p.

Photo of babyhobbes
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a tight creamy head that sticks around for most of the glass.

Smell is hoppy with citrus and sweet malt too. It's very pleasant.

Taste is mostly hops but not Bam! in you face with them.

Mouthfeel is smooth and delicious. It's almost like a stout with the smoothness.

The whole package is very good and quite drinkable. I could easily drink a few of these.

Thanks to BeerRun13 for the chance to have this.

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle - good description on the back, no date info.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden red color with just a hint of haze. Decent head leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Fresh hop aroma, with some citrus and just a bit of pepper. A little bit of sweet malt in the background.

Taste: Like the smell - lots of fresh hop taste. Citus and a bit of resinous pine flavors dominate, with some slight peppery notes in there.

Overall impression: Definitely for the hopheads, but it has enough malt to keep it from being completely unbalanced - just barely.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok...this beer is all about the hops...FRESH hops.
Pours a dark orange amber with a stiff full head that slowly melts to a heavy lacing.
Aroma is like green leaf hops. Very earthy. As it warms some of the sweet malt aromas come through.
Taste is an initial balance of sweet malts and hop assault. Somehow the light sweet malt and heavy green hops balance together well. They definately don't fight with each other. Aftertaste of green leaf hops and grapefruit with a thick coating on the tongue.
Alcohol burn noticable as you pause between drinks.
I love hops but somehow this IPA is a little too one dimensional for my tastes.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to WaffleSauce for this one...
A clear cherry rust with 1/2 finger of bright white head...leaves some web lacing.
Sweet and fruity in the nose...a fine balance.
More floral hops in the taste...a slight metallic flavor makes its way thru, but fades as it warms. A very bitter brew yet this bitterness hangs on a bit too long IMO.
Mouthfeel is average and the carbonation is very nice...a nice session beer for folks who like the style, but nothing that really stands out for me.

Photo of dhchatfield
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My first review!

Having spent the last couple of months working my way through the hop monsters available in my area, I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately I was not impressed.

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Looked to have been on the shelf for some time as evidenced by a good layer of dust. Poured into a 12 oz tulip/goblet hybrid glass.

A- Looked good, nice medium red, a little cloudier than I've seen in other offerings. Reasonable head after aggresssive pour that didn't last long.

S- Nice at first, citrus and hoppy but turned slighty musty (malty?) after a few minutes in the glass

T- The first sip was pleasant, even very good. I had a couple of my first HopDevils the night before and thought I was on the same track. After a few sips however, a distinctly musty character presented itself. I thought to blame in on the sharp cheddar I had just had and even went so far as to rinse my mouth out with distilled water and try again, but it would not go away.

M- Spread across the palate in a big way. Didn't seem as strong as the 7% indicated.

D- Not good. Had to force my way through a second bottle which I opened to be sure the first wasn't a bad example.

I guess I may be spoiled by my earlier experiences with Alpha King, HopDevil and my new found obsession with DFH 90 minute, but I would not drink this one again. The remaining four bottles will go to future guests.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. Tawny, thick lacing atop a bright orange/red body.

To the nose, very organic floral bouquet jumps right out front. There is a fruity malt sweetness present - but you have to really be watching for it.

In the mouth, the upfront malts give way quickly to a juicy and tasty hop character that drives the ship here. The hops are nicely melded leaving a complex oily layer of bittersweet tastes on your tongue. There is a slight malt sweetness to be found - but it is hidden well.

The feel of this IPA is full and in your face. The hops and carbonation form a very drinkable beer that hold strong to the end. Finishes dry and earthy.

Musings: Hop Valley here. Very nicely done with layers and layers of floral goodness. Another highly satisfying brew from this house.

Photo of rastaman
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. A really nice IPA. Heavy lychee, pine and grapefruit. Pretty soft, with a bitter bite at the end. Really well balanced, nice warming shot of alcohol at the end. Great IPA, from a pretty decent brewery, glad we dropped by Boonville and picked up some bottles of this.

Photo of Jaynuze
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice thick puffy head that follows the beer down the glass. It's hoppy scent slaps you with in the face with a big fruity smack then it let's you down with its beautiful hop aroma. It has tastes of fruits and citrus with a sharp hoppy finish. Much like the head, the mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a smooth finish. By far one of my most favorite IPAs, this one will leave you begging for more!

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,752 ratings.